Turkey’s main opposition faces a continuous physical threat

Turkey’s main opposition faces a continuous physical threat
Police officers check documents of foreign tourists at the entrance of the main shopping and pedestrian street of Istiklal?during a nation-wide weekend curfew which was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey December 5, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 06 December 2020

Turkey’s main opposition faces a continuous physical threat

Turkey’s main opposition faces a continuous physical threat
  • The CHP leader has been repeatedly criticized by Devlet Bahceli, an ally of the government, while he was also threatened to “watch his step” by Alaattin Cakici, a notorious mafia leader politically affiliated with Bahceli’s Nationalist Movement Party

ANKARA: Physical threats against Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, continue amid silence from authorities over precautions being taken for the protection of the elderly politician.

Following recent claims by the pro-government journalist Fuat Ugur, who warned about a potential assassination plot against the dissident leader, Kilicdaroglu announced on Friday during an interview that he knew he was “being followed” and his family’s telephones were being wiretapped.

“People know the places I go to, the house I stay at, the places I visit, and the people I talk with. And I am very well aware that I am being followed. My security detail is doing their best to protect me,” Kilicdaroglu said.

“There is a group that is really uneasy about me. If someone who is managing the country or a political party that backs them is attempting to silence the opposition by getting the support of a criminal network, then democracy and human rights are over at that point. It means that the authoritarian regime has gone into a process of getting more authoritarian.”

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• Following recent claims by the pro-government journalist Fuat Ugur, who warned about a potential assassination plot against the dissident leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he knew he was ‘being followed’.

• The CHP leader has been repeatedly criticized by Devlet Bahceli, an ally of the government.

• Journalist Ugur recently wrote that Kilicdaroglu would be murdered similarly to Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead in Ankara in 2016 during an art exhibition.

The CHP leader has been repeatedly criticized by Devlet Bahceli, an ally of the government, while he was also threatened to “watch his step” by Alaattin Cakici, a notorious mafia leader politically affiliated with Bahceli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Kilicdaroglu, who “angered” the mafia boss over his remarks about the imprisonment of political prisoners and the release of mafia bosses due to an amnesty law, recently filed a criminal complaint against Cakici after he issued the hand-written threat of physical violence, and organized a press conference.

“Turkey is experiencing that where there is no law, where there is no judiciary, the state can become an organized crime state after a period of time,” he said.

Journalist Ugur recently wrote that Kilicdaroglu would be murdered similarly to Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead in Ankara in 2016 during an art exhibition.

“Cakici will be held responsible for this murder. Therefore, a perception that the government ordered the assassination will be generated,” he wrote in his Nov. 28 column for a pro-government newspaper.


UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
Updated 19 January 2021

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships

UAE, Cyprus FMs discuss Mediterranean tensions and strategic partnerships
  • The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areasboth sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas

DUBAI: The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and ways of ensuring security and stability in the region with his Cypriot counterpart on Monday,.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan reviewed the prospects of advancing relations with Cyprus in a meeting in Abu Dhabi with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
The two ministers also discussed the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of enhancing international cooperation to ensure fair and equitable access to the vaccine for every country in the world.
Christodoulides praised the UAE’s significant overall efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic and the efficiency of its adopted measures in mitigating the economic and social effects of the crisis.
During his visit to the UAE, the Cypriot minister also met with the Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Saqr Ghobash, accompanied with the Ambassador of Cyprus to the UAE, Yannis Michaelides.
During the meeting, both sides discussed ways of strengthening ties in multiple sectors, including in parliamentary areas.
Ghobash said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on their parliamentary cooperation is required, in addition to reinforcing the role of joint parliamentary friendship committees.
A parliamentary friendship committee between the two countries will hold a meeting in the first quarter of 2021, Ghobash said, and stressed the importance of improving their coordination during global parliamentary events.
Christodoulides said that the UAE was a leading regional and international stature, noting that it is a strategic partner of his country.
He also conveyed the invitation of the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus to Ghobash to visit Cyprus as head of a parliamentary delegation, to discuss ways of reinforcing their parliamentary ties.