ANKARA – TDN Parliament Bureau
The deputy leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, parliamentary group pursued accusations of corruption against ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, deputy leader Şaban Dişli during a press conference yesterday at Parliament.
�I presented to you on Aug. 11, a document on Dişli's $1 million deal with Akademi Ofset in exchange for using his political force. Nine days have passed and the prime minister is still keeping his silence,� he said.
Kılıçdaroğlu had demanded Dişli's resignation as the CHP deputy claiming to have documents proving a zone status change in Silivri had been made in favor of a company with which the AKP senior official had a partnership relation.
�Remaining silent is disrespectful to politics, Parliament and the people. No matter who they are, names tainted with bribery do not have a place in politics. I wish the prime minister protected the retirees as much as he protects Dişli,� Kılıçdaroğlu maintained, in reference to his own proposal that salary increases take effect Aug. 15 apply to retirees as well.
Government, opposition can find common ground
Kılıçdaroğlu pointed to an opportunity for finding common ground between the government and the opposition in the fight against corruption. �We are delighted to hear some commonsense from the AKP's media. If we are to create a common ground in this country, we must build it on honesty. We must ensure a dominance of honest practices in politics. The prime minister has enormous duties in this process. I invite him to do his share.�
"A thief is a thief no matter if he is from the left or right,� he said, as a challenge to the government.
The CHP deputy leader also said President Abdullah Gül's decision to end former Islamic Welfare Party, or RP, leader Necmettin Erbakan's house arrest is ethically questionable.