Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of being at the center of the corruption and bribery that is the focus of a sweeping investigation.
In a weekly meeting of his party's parliamentary group on Tuesday, Kılıçdaroğlu addressed reports published Monday in a number of media outlets claiming that the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) submitted a report to Erdoğan on April 18, 2013 detailing the shady relations -- involving bribery and influence-peddling -- of certain ministers with Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who is under arrest. “I would like to ask the prime minister about what he did upon receiving this report. Did you call these ministers and talk to them? Did you talk to your children? He didn't. He is the one who gave these orders,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Kılıçdaroğlu claimed that his party has opposed coups and has supported efforts to further democracy in Turkey. He added the CHP has supported drafting a comprehensive law to effectively fight corruption, but that his party's proposals have fallen on deaf ears.
For Kılıçdaroğlu, the root of corruption is the existing Public Procurement Law, which has seen 164 changes since Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power 11 years ago.
Kılıçdaroğlu quoted the AK Party's democratization package, which said, “Adversities like corruption, nepotism and partisanship, which damage societies and states, are the most intensive battlefields for our party.” The opposition leader added that the government's actions were poles apart from the prime minister's promises. He said that though the ruling party had vowed to rescue politics from being a hive of profiteering, now the entire country has become flooded with unearned income.
Eleven-point solution proposal
The main opposition leader called on the government to work together on an 11-point package to eradicate corruption from Turkish political life. He suggested a number of legal changes, including new laws and regulations: one, to remove legislative immunity in bribery and corruption cases and send suspects to the Supreme Court; two, to bring the Public Procurement Law in line with EU standards; three, to draft a law on political ethics; four, to draft a law on political parties to bring transparency to the parties' accounts; five, to draft a law that will make the judiciary independent from pressure by the executive; six, to reinforce the court of accounts, giving it more authority to audit public spending; seven, to redefine the legal concept of trade secrets; eight, to establish a parliamentary commission to audit public spending; nine, to draft a comprehensive anti-corruption law; 10, to give autonomy to the Revenues Administration (GİB) and take measures to prevent politically motivated tax audits; and eleven, to strengthen the independence of institutions such as the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK).