Erdogan: "Strong democracy in Turkey only possible with a credible opposition"

Stating that the Gulen movement was involved in plotting conspiracies against the government, Erdogan added that the opposition parties in Turkey follow the path that the Gulen movement has shown them.

Stating that the Gulen movement was involved in plotting conspiracies against the government, Erdogan added that the opposition parties in Turkey follow the path that the Gulen movement has shown them.

ANKARA – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the movement led by U.S.-based scholar Fethullah Gulen is a “terrorist organization.”

Stating that the Gulen movement was involved in plotting conspiracies against the government, Erdogan added that the opposition parties in Turkey follow the path that the Gulen movement has shown them.

Erdogan also criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) during his speech in Ankara, making references to CHP’s single party rule in Turkey in 1940s.

He continued saying that following the death of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the CHP single party ruled Turkey with an authoritarian regime and that CHP was behind the 1960 military coup against the Democrat Party leader Adnan Menderes who was prosecuted together with his two ministers by the junta perpetrating the military coup.

“The CHP has not changed since then; they have plotted many conspiracies against the Democrat Party leader Menderes, as they are doing the same against our party today,” said Erdogan as he also accused CHP of fascism and of discriminating against the public despite a discourse of populism.

The Prime Minister concluded saying that “a strong democracy can only be built by a strong and credible opposition” and that there is no strong opposition in Turkey, thus the Turkish opposition resorts to plots against the government,

Around one million people watched Erdogan at his rally in Turkey's capital, Ankara, in the run-up to the local elections being held on March 30.

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