A Turkish-Syrian opposition politician reveals the reason for the dispute between Davutoglu and Erdogan
The Turkish-Syrian opposition politician and former head of the Syrian Coalition, who is a member in Future (Gelecek) Party, Khaled Khoja, wrote on his Twitter account talking about details of the dispute that led Ahmed Davutoglu and Ali Babacan to politically separate from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Khoja wrote on his Twitter account: “I constantly receive questions about the reason for the disagreement between Davutoglu, Babacan, and President Erdogan… In fact, the dispute wasn’t only at the leadership level… For example, there are 87 founding members of the Justice and Development Party, of whom only 10 remain in the party, and I will try to answer briefly”.
Khoja added, “From a political point of view, Erdogan gradually abandoned the founding leaders of the party and his alliance with the Eurasian currents, which aims to reposition Türkiye towards Russia and China internationally and the regional counter-revolution, in addition to the nationalist trend that calls for adopting the national approach locally and strengthening the relationship with Israel”.
Khoja continued: “After the 2016 coup, the sensitive cadres of the state were replaced by cadres from the Eurasian movement led by the head of the Homeland (Vatan) Party, Dogo Perincek, who is an unofficial ally of the People’s Alliance, and he’s a Marxist Leninist who first challenged Turkish society by translating and publishing the book, the Satanic Verses in his newspaper Aydinlik, which caused a bloody riot at which time it ended… By burning the Madamak Hotel, including those in it, in the city of Sivas, and the architect of the return of relations with Russia, China, and Assad, he repeatedly stated that his movement is the one that runs the Republican Palace, and not Erdogan, who was unusually silent about these statements”.
He continued: “The nationalist movement led by Devlet Bahceli, one of the three political leaders who supported the coup against Erbakan and formed the government after the coup against him, and after 2016 power actually became in the hands of the new allies without assuming the responsibility that Erdogan took to bear without having actual power”.
He added: “All state decisions have become linked to President Erdogan alone (Meral Akşener says that President Erdogan signs an average of 36,000 decisions per week), which deepened political polarization, and the concept of terrorism was expanded by including the term adherence to terrorist organizations to liquidate state cadres in the absence of evidence, as the tendency increased… Authoritarianism over the media, education, the judiciary, and civil society organizations affected legal personalities, corruption prevailed, and investigations into the targeting and assassination of opponents were slowed down”.
Khoja continued: “The Free Cause (Hüda Par) Party joined President Erdogan’s alliance, and I mentioned earlier that it is Iran’s soft arm in Türkiye (the last statement of the party’s leader, Zakaria Yapiji Oglu, is that Hezbollah is a non-terrorist organization for them, even if the Turkish Republic considers it as such)”.
In terms of economics, “a sharp decline from the economic goals that were set in 2016 as a result of the transfer of wealth to a narrow circle of contractors, politicians and businessmen linked to the Republican Palace and wasteful expenditures in exchange for the spread of poverty and the dwindling of the middle class segment, which caused the deterioration of the economy and the increase in external debt ($ 560 billion after it was $130 billion in 2016) and the national product declined to the level of 2009 ($730 billion in 2022 after it was $970 billion in 2016 and it was announced that the goal of national product in 2023 is $2 trillion) and the balance of the Central Bank exceeded (minus -65 billion all dollars are deposits after it was +$123 billion in 2016) in addition to the disappearance of $128 billion from the sovereign fund that was managed by the president’s son-in-law, who in turn prevented opening an investigation into the matter,” as he put it.
He concluded by talking about the social aspect by saying: “Religious and national polarization has deepened and the strategy of managing impressions has been adopted instead of managing society, and according to the statement of the head of the Ottoman forums organization supported by the Republican Palace, there are 200,000 media employees funded by the organization working in the virtual medium to spread propaganda in favor of Erdogan, not to mention the research centers, opinion poll centers, Islamic groups and influential personalities (Turks and foreigners) supported by the Republican Palace for the same goal.