ANKARA, Turkey — The leader of Turkey's secular main
opposition party resigned as chairman over a sex scandal, on Monday, days
after a secretly-taped video circulating on the Internet allegedly
showed he was having an affair with a lawmaker.
Deniz Baykal, an
ardent critic of the Islamic-oriented government's policies, resigned
during a news conference saying he was the victim of a political plot
by the government.
Baykal said such private images could not be
taped without the government's knowledge. The woman in the video is
allegedly a former aide, who was elected to parliament from his party.
Both Baykal and the woman are married.
Baykal's resignation spelled the end of his four-decade political career and inflicted a blow to his Republican People's Party.