Opposition parties criticize PM and Cabinet reshuffle

December 26, 2013, Thursday/ 18:46:00

Opposition party members are criticizing a reshuffle of the Turkish Cabinet after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed 10 new ministers on Wednesday.

Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Muharrem İnce slammed the prime minister over his claims of conspiracies against the government and called for Erdoğan to resign.

CHP Deputy Chairman Akif Hamzaçebi said that half of the Cabinet has been replaced in a move he said was more like forming a new government than a reshuffle.

In a written statement, CHP Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu called on the government to stop trying to undermine the graft investigation.

Arguing that the probe is being blocked, Tanrıkulu said: “It is a blatant violation of the principle of rule of law and separation of powers for the executive not to carry out an instruction from the judiciary regarding an investigation.”

Tanrıkulu said that no-one should illegally attempt to block a corruption investigation and called on the Council of State to quickly rule on the legality of a hasty amendment the government made to police procedures that require officers to notify their superiors of their investigations -- even if the superior is the suspect.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Chairman Mehmet Şandır said that “the roof of the Justice and Development Party [AK Party] has blown off” with the resignation of three ministers, adding that former minister Erdoğan Bayraktar took a dignified stance in calling on Erdoğan to resign.

“The ongoing developments are insulting to the Turkish nation, as the government, which has been in power for 11 years, has been accused of corruption. The most important problem of the country today is that it is being governed by the AK Party. I hope the local elections will bring an end to AK Party rule,” Şandır said.

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