Government is a lame duck, Turkish opposition leader says

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

September 08, 2011, Thursday/ 13:27:00

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has directed a series of critical remarks against the Turkish government over the foreign and domestic policies its pursues, accusing the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government of being “a lame duck.”

The opposition leader was speaking ahead of the CHP's Party Council meeting in İzmir on Thursday. “Turkey has been the loser in national projects in the past nine years of AK Party rule. Not even one of the 10 chapters has been opened in the European Union accession process. If the AK Party continues with these policies, we may join the EU 100 years later. … They talked about the Armenian initiative. We distanced [ourselves] from Armenia more. We lost Azerbaijan. They said they are opposed to intervention in Libya. They ate their word after a week. … The country has turned into a lake of blood and the government does not care. Turkey is edges near war with a different country every week and the government does not care. The government is a lame duck,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

The opposition leader asserted that the local elections to be held in 2013 will be the end of the AK Party government and will mark the beginning of CHP rule. Kılıçdaroğlu also recently censured the government for its foreign policy. On Wednesday, he slammed the government's policy towards Israel, saying a recent UN report defending the Jewish state's blockade of the impoverished Gaza Strip dealt a direct blow to the Turkish government, which has tried hard to undermine the blockade.

He called the blockade of Gaza “cruel and unjust,” but said the UN panel report, released last Friday, gave Israel a valuable opportunity to legitimize itself before the international community. Responding to Kılıçdaroğlu's criticism, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused him of acting like an “attorney for Israel.”

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