Serious accusations – coming from the most credible “source”, former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu – have set fire to Turkey’s political scene.
The deadly bomb attacks on Turkish soil in 2015 are attributed to an orchestrated operation of the AKP’s ruling party aimed at overturning election results and announcing a new election under Erdogan’s umbrella.
Extended video footage of a recent speech by Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, in which talked about a series of bombing attacks and violence that swept Turkey in 2015, reveals that the former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believes AKP officials and the leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were implicated in the events.
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s statements on Friday sparked a debate on Turkey’s “bleak summer” from June to November 2015, when the country faced successive terrorist attacks.
‘If the terror related cases are investigated, many people will not be able to go out to face the public. Those who criticise us now cannot go into the public. I am telling you this frankly. Do you know why? When Turkish history is written in the future, the period between June 7 and November 1 will be one of the most critical times,” Davutoğlu said on Friday, referring to the events in 2015, when he was serving as prime minister.
This confrontation is unfolding while A. Davutoglu conceals his intention to work with former AKP leaders to set up a new party that will oppose Mr Erdogan’s authoritarian style of government. Mr Davutoglu had been criticized by Devlet Bahceli, leader of the nationalist MHP and government partner of Mr Erdogan, for expressing his support to the three Kurdish mayors who were dismissed by the government on charges of terrorism.
Bacchelli accused Davutoglu of using his statements to endanger the fight against terrorism. However, on the basis of Davutoglu’s statements, opposition MPs are already demanding that the case be investigated and an inquiry committee set up, something that will certainly not be done, as the government majority will not allow.
But as is usually the case in Turkey, accusations of deliberately disregarding the information that allowed the ISIS terrorist attacks and also deliberately provoking armed confrontation with the Kurds will be a matter of inquiry when Mr Erdogan is no longer all-powerful.
In June 2015, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost a majority in elections for the first time since 2002, with the Kurdish HDP party garnering more than 10% of the vote and entering the Turkish Parliament, electing nearly 80 members, for the first time in its history.
Erdogan’s first reaction was to suspend peace talks with the PKK and launch “anti-terrorist” operations in southeastern Turkey with many civilian casualties and infrastructure damage to Kurdish communities, and while there was talk of forming a coalition government with the alliance, Mr Erdogan has called for new elections. And Bachseli then rejected proposals to form a government in collaboration with the opposition CHP and support for the Kurdish party.
Against this backdrop it was decided to hold new elections in November 2015 but from June to November Turkey faced a series of attacks by ISIS with 136 dead, while Turkish security forces had more than 150 losses during attacks on the PKK. On July 20, 2015, a massive explosion in Turkey’s southeastern town of Suruç during a meeting of a mainly Kurdish youth group killed 33 people and wounded dozens more, mostly university students planning to help rebuild neighbouring Kobane in Syria. The explosion marked the beginning of a series of attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) inside Turkey, which was followed by a deadly attack on Ankara with 109 dead.
Unrest, attacks and insecurity finally helped Erdogan marshall his powers in the elections. After months of political uncertainty and terrorist attacks, the AKP regained control of parliament on Nov. 1, 2015. The opposition accused the government and Erdogan personally of having deliberately ignored terrorist threats during this period to secure political gain and for this reason talks with the PKK were suspended and the open conflict resolved.
sources; Ahval, Hellas Journal, LIBERAL, Morning Star, Turkish Minute