Turkeyy, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkeyy, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Former Erdogan ally to form rival party before year-end

Former Erdogan ally to form rival party before year-end

10.9.2019

Former Erdogan ally to form rival party before year-end

Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan will form a new political party before the end of the year to challenge President Tayyip ...

Babacan resigned from the AK Party (AKP) in July, citing"deep differences". He was a founding member of the AKP, serving as economy and foreign minister during its first years in power before becoming deputy prime minister, a role he held from 2009 to 2015.

Babacan, along with former AKP president Abdullah Gul, has long been rumoured to be planning a rival party. But a stinging defeat for the party in June Istanbul mayoral elections accelerated the efforts.

Growing worries over judicial impartiality, a recession that sent unemployment and inflation soaring, and impatience among Turks over hosting 3.6 Syrian refugees has trimmed Erdogan's voter base.

Any further erosion could deeply hurt the AKP, which relies on an alliance with a nationalist party to hang on to its parliamentary majority.

"After all these achievements, the condition in which Turkey is currently in truly saddens us. When we look at why it is in this condition, the main reason is that it has strayed from the practice of these values and principles."

While Erdogan has so far dismissed reports of the new party, warning members of his AKP that those who"get off this train will not be allowed back on", criticism towards the AKP and its policies have gained momentum since the mayoral election.

"The government needs to be at the same distance to every citizen. The government needs to provide justice and equal opportunity. Justice is the reason why governments exist," Babacan told the newspaper.

Read more: CNA

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