Speaking about the latest status of the parliamentary commission, which has been established at the end of July in order to investigate the coup attempt, CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu pointed out that AKP MPs still missing in the commission. Kılıçdaroğlu said: “All standing parties – MHP, HDP, CHP – have assigned members to the commission. Only AKP has not assigned any members. I want to ask Binali Yıldırım this: ‘Why aren’t you assigning MPs to the investigation commission? With what reason? Which MPs do you not trust?”
Parts of Kılıçdaroğlu’s speech, at his party’s parliamentary group meeting, with regards to the investigation commission are as the following:
“Let’s face with our past; let’s bring the coup attempt to account. The institution that has stood up most firmly throughout this process has been the Grand National Assembly. This building was bombed during the coup attempt; this Parliament resisted against the coup plotters until morning; its members protected the honor of the people. All four political parties have demonstrated a dignified stand and the leaders of these four parties prepared the text of the joint declaration. The parliament carried out its duty. And, we did one more thing: CHP MPs said, ‘Let’s submit a proposal for an investigation commission. If we are protecting the honor of the people, it is our duty to investigate this incident.” Then, the decision was made by unanimous vote. And, today is August 17: all parties – MHP, HDP, CHP – have assigned members to the commission. Only AKP has not assigned any members.I want to ask Binali Yıldırım this: ‘Why aren’t you assigning MPs to the investigation commission? With what reason? Which MPs do you not trust?”
As August 17th was also the 17th anniversary of the 1999 Gölcük earthquake, Kılıçdaroğlu gave remarks about it, as well: “Modern countries -countries with advanced democracies- analyze the past well. If you analyze the past well, you can analyze the future well! I have always stated that, in this regard, the earthquake has never been analyzed well. Marmara has been under risk of an earthquake. I hope that, after this coup attempt, a sound self-criticism will be made; and, I hope, Turkey builds its future more strongly.”
Emphasizing the responsibility and duty of the Parliament to question and investigate the coup attempt, as well as, the details about how exactly it has all come down to this point, Kılıçdaroğlu repeated his remarks about the importance of ‘keeping politics out of mosques, army, and judiciary’. Reminding that CHP had previously warned about the danger and threat posed by certain structures, including the Gülen community, Kılıçdaroğlu stated: “For years, we have warned about this ‘F-style organization’. And, now, we are faced with this trouble! It means that we need to do something. What do we need to do? If we think about this, believe me, there will not be another coup in this country… And, the first rule for this is ‘do not infuse politics into mosques, army, and judiciary!”
Also expressing the significance of a strong parliamentarian system and a true democracy, rather than a ‘third-class democracy’, Kılıçdaroğlu said ‘coups cannot be prevented when democracy is lacking’.
As new decrees passed under state of emergency continue spurring debates, Kılıçdaroğlu also mentioned the latest of such decrees and called on Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmuş to resign if there will not be any adjustments: “A new decrees has been put in force today: those who will join special operation forces are now not required to take the KPSS (Public Personnel Selection Exam). Why not? Everyone’s children take this exam. One must be a person of his/her word. If you are, change this new regulation or just resign! Say ‘I have reminded of merit system’ and resign!”
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