No one can transfer people's rule to elites: Turkish PM
Friday, March 21, 2014
RIZE - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that no one could transfer the people's rule to elites; the people of Turkey have given his party the authority to rule and nobody but the people can take it back.
Speaking at a local election rally in his home city of Rize, in the north east of Turkey, Erdogan accused the opposition and other non-political actors for plotting against his government.
"We have not made any discrimination against any segments of the society or regions of our country, there are some groups lobbying against AK Party, in fact, to stop the development of Turkey," said Erdogan.
Stating that they would not let the will of people be stolen by non-democratic means, Erdogan said, "We will not leave the power as long as people support us."
Erdogan slammed the US-based scholar Fethullah Gulen as well; "he calls the Prime Minister of Turkey a 'traitor'," said Erdogan.
Referring to Gulen, Erdogan said, "he remained silent when children were killed in Palestine; when Gaza was bombed, when more than 150 thousand people were killed in Syria, when people were burned in Myanmar; when young people were killed in conflicts in Eastern regions of Turkey; when the imam-hatip religious schools were closed; wearing headscarf was banned in universities."
Erdogan also slammed the opposition parties' Republican People Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Stating that CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu had claimed that he would resign if he could not get arround 40 percent of votes in 2011 general election but he is still leading the party. Erdogan said that MHP leader had been leading the party for 17 years but he had lost all elections since then.
"But from here I promise to all Turkish people, if my party does not come first in the local elections I am going to resign," said Erdogan.
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