Mayor Gokcek vows to sue Arinc over ‘insults’ as dispute grows

ISTANBUL: Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek has responded to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who termed a recent call by the mayor for his dismissal from the government as “impertinent,” vowing to take legal action against the deputy prime minister.

A dispute between the two that began early on Monday with the allegations of Gokcek who alleged that Arinc is the “parallel state’s” inside man that will hit the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and that he has to be dismissed from the government continues to grow after Arinc’s response to Gokcek following a Cabinet meeting in the evening.

After Arinc slammed what he said an “impertinent” call by Gokcek, who runs the Ankara municipality for more than 20 years after winning five local elections from the ranks of the AK Party and its predecessors, and that Gokcek is not “dignified enough” to make such a call, the mayor published what he said an open letter to Arinc later at night on his Twitter account. The mayor said Arinc’s style is “disgusting” and his statements are full of insults. “That polite and gentle Arinc is gone and an aggressive Arinc who rains down insults came,” Gokcek said.

“Do not assume that your insults will be left without a response. I will not insult you as a person who insults displays his level. But I will sue you. You will give an account for these at court,” he said.

In his remarks posted on Twitter on Monday, Gokcek, claimed that Arinc’s daughter and his son-in-law are from the “parallel state” — a term invented by Erdogan to refer to sympathizers of the faith-based Hizmet movement, also known as the Gulen movement, which he sees as responsible for a Dec. 17, 2013 graft probe — and Arinc could not resist the pressure from his son-in-law and daughter.

He said Arinc cannot be a government speaker any longer and called