PM DavutoIlu implies three opposition parties are ‘illegal’

While criticizing three opposition parties on Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu impled that the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) are all illegal political parties disguised as and”legal.and”
Speaking during a rally in the western province of Manisa on Sunday, Davutoilu claimed that the opposition had joined forces and formed a and”coalitionand” against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Commenting on recent attacks on HDP offices in Adana and Mersin, Davutoilu claimed that the nationalist MHP and the pro-Kurdish are working together in a coalition. and”And you see that the ultra-nationalist CHP meets with those pro-parallel [structure] people and visit their media organs. And [representatives of] media organs of the parallel structure visit [MHP leader Devlet] Bahandceli at MHP offices, [and] visit the HDP mayor through the backdoor. The CHP, the HDP and the MHP are three political parties which are disguised as legal,and” Davutoilu said. The term and”parallel structureand” is generally used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his associates to refer to the Gandulen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen. Erdogan began using the phrase after declaring the group a and”treasonous enemyand” after a corruption scandal involving his family members and members of his inner circle. The scandal surfaced after graft investigations went public on Dec. 17 and 25, 2013. Erdogan openly declared last year that he would do whatever it takes to eliminate the and”parallel structure,and” even if this requires a and”witch hunt.and” The pro-government Gandunei daily accused Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanli, of the Zaman daily, which is close to the Gandulen movement, in a report on April 27 of secretly entering the Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality building through a back door and making a bargain with Mayor Gandulten Kiianak ahead of the June 7 general elections. Both Kiianak and Dumanli denied the reports, saying the visit was not secret.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman