Turkish PM talks tough after opposition resign over scandal

Baykal, who resigned Monday after the release of a videotape allegedly showing him and a female CHP deputy in a bedroom, accused the ruling AK Party.

Turkish PM talks tough after opposition resign over scandal

PM Erdogan blamed Baykal for abusing AKP’s goodwill after Deniz Baykal accused the government on the tape scandal.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke for the first time after Baykal resigned as main opposition CHP chairman over a videotape scandal and said Baykal's remarks were "ugly."

Baykal, who resigned Monday after the release of a videotape allegedly showing him and a female CHP deputy in a bedroom, accused the ruling AK Party, saying, "a rude illegality and immortality could not have been made without the knowledge and approval of the ruling in the current milieu."

Erdogan said, “despite all our goodwill, Baykal’s remarks trying to implicate Justice and Development Party are as cheap and ugly as the scandal itself. Claiming all the responsibility on the ruling party is just a political slander, an indecent attitude.”

Erdogan further called on Baykal to end his attempts to implicate AKP and added that Turkish people will have the final say on the matter.

"I hope he puts an end to this mental state and his involuntary reactions caused by the trauma he is going through," he said.

Erdogan said such a secret videotaping and circulation of such images on the internet were against their principles. He said the government showed this stance blocking all websites containing the images.

The CHP believes the video was uploaded to the Internet in order to weaken the current party leader and administration ahead of its upcoming congress, slated for May 22. The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation to determine who filmed the video and put it online.

Baykal is married with two children.

The 71-year-old Baykal led the CHP since 1992. Critics say Baykal's domination of the CHP had stifled chances for younger politicians who could have made the party more progressive and appealing to Turkish voters.


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