Publication Date : Monday 15 December 2014 11:22
Turkish PM accuses opposition of attempt to topple govt.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused the country’s main opposition party of seeking to “damage the Republic of Turkey”, warning that the plotters will be held accountable for their actions.
Addressing a meeting in the eastern province of Elazig on Sunday, Davutoglu accused Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, of joining forces with those seeking to topple the government.
He claimed that the opposition party is making “effort to damage the Republic of Turkey, our government and democracy.”
“This day is a test. Everyone will pay for what they do and for their stance towards democracy in this country or reap the benefits for standing beside democracy,” Davutoglu said.
“Those who penetrated into the state institutions; those who wiretapped the most private meetings of the prime minister and the president; those who conspire against the national intelligence agencies…they shouldn’t think that this will be left unpaid,” he said.
Davutoglu’s remarks came hours after Turkish media reported that police had raided a television station and a newspaper close to self-exiled US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, and detained 27 people, including the paper’s editor-in-chief.
The raids on Zaman daily and Samanyolu television comes two days after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of his rival, Gulen, vowing to pursue them “in their lairs.”
Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen and his supporters of being behind last year’s online leaks and wiretaps that exposed major corruption with the investigations targeting Erdogan's inner circle.
The US and the European Union (EU) has condemned the Sunday raids as an anti-democratic move.