Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu's bank account has led to controversy in the island nation's parliament, which its Thursday session was scene to a heated debate over the source of Eroğlu's assets.
Eroğlu's assets came under scrutiny when a lawmaker from the Republican Turks Party (CTP), Sonay Adem, raised the issue on the floor, claiming that the president had over 2 million lira stored in his multiple bank accounts, and demanded an explanation for the source of his wealth, or his resignation, the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.
As announced back in 2009, Eroğlu's assets included a house, three pieces of land and a car, a declaration Adem claimed was not accurate.
Eroğlu lashed out at the allegations, saying he regularly declared his assets in accordance with the law and that he would do so again in the coming year.
“I have been actively working for 48 years. I have served as a doctor for 20 years, as a lawmaker for 36, and I have worked in the positions of minister, prime minister and finally as president. I also come from a reputable family with an inheritance.”
“The money in the accounts comes from my retirement bonus, money from immovable property we previously sold and, finally, from two estates we sold in 2011.” The money, which was put in separate accounts throughout September and October, was allegedly transported from Eroğlu's house by an armored vehicle.
Prime Minister İrsen Küçük responded to the claims by saying that the papers Adem handed out to prove his claims would be investigated by the auditing board and stressed that it was their duty to carry out the investigation objectively.