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Opponents Demand Erdogan Abandon Support for Muslim Brotherhood

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7Dnews London

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 00:28 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received internal criticism over his tense relations with most Arab countries. Several opposition leaders have demanded that he abandon his support for the terrorist organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Temel Karamollaoglu, head of Turkey's opposition Felicity Party, described Erdogan's regime as dictatorial and arbitrary.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed Erdogan for his strained relations with most Arab states, saying before the parliamentary bloc of his party, "Erdogan must abandon the Muslim Brotherhood, which constitutes the main obstacle in the face of any attempts to rectify Turkey's relations with the Arab countries."

Turkey has hosted hundreds of leaders and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood since the isolation of former president Mohamed Morsi after the June 30th 2013 revolution.

The former Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, declared he will soon reveal Erdogan's errors and expose his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. Journalist Sabahudin Onkabar stated in an article published on Oda TV that Davutoglu will present documents of the Turkish National Security Council showing policies adopted by President Erdogan for years regarding Syria and Muslim Brotherhood.

"The policy of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is under a lot of internal pressure from the opposition, especially after they have taken control of the number of major cities in the recent local elections," said Mustafa Salah, a researcher on Turkish affairs to Al-Ain news.

"Criticising Erdogan's foreign policy is the beginning of taking clear and strong positions towards the policy of justice and development, in light of the economic decline experienced by Turkey and high rates of inflation, unemployment and devaluation of the currency, "he said.

Salah stressed that "Turkish opposition wants to restore the active role of Turkey within the context of a policy of good neighbourliness, this will have a positive impact on a number of countries and not only Egypt, especially after being entangled in a number of crises in the region."

The opposition aims to re-organise Turkish foreign policy in light of regional and internal circumstances due to its hostile policy against neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Iraq and the eastern Mediterranean.


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