Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of the ruling AKP party called for dialogue
with the Hizmet movement of Fethullah Gulen in order to end the current
political crisis in Turkey.
“We should build dialogue instead of physical
barriers…. There is a way out of this crisis – let’s have dialogue....
That is why [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan invited Gulen to Turkey,”
Davutoglu said on Sunday in a TV interview, according to a report in the Turkish
Hurriyet Daily News.
Referring to the corruption scandal that has plagued
the government in recent weeks and led to the resignation of ministers last
week, Davutoglu said the government would be stricter in dealing with corruption
Analysts believe Gulen’s Islamist movement is behind the charges
against top members of Erdogan’s government.
One hundred former
politicians declared on Saturday that candidates in the upcoming municipal
elections should publicly declare their personal assets to promote
“We perceive the declaration of personal assets by mayoral
candidates, candidates for provincial and municipal councils on the eve of local
elections and in the proceeding election calendar as a measure against bribery
and corruption,” read the statement reported by Turkish daily Today’s Zaman. “We
do not have the right to lose hope. We hope for democracy and good
Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican
People’s Party said, “It is the first time in the history of the Turkish
Republic that a prime minister defends those who are implicated in
“How can someone who defends thieves be a prime minister?
Turkey needs clean and honest politics,” he said, Hurriyet
Meanwhile, a woman was arrested for waving a shoebox during
Erdogan’s speech to supporters at a rally in Manisa, according to the report.
Police had found $4.5 million stuffed in shoeboxes during a raid earlier this
month on the house of Suleyman Aslan, the general manager of the state-run
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