Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Turkey’s capital province of Ankara, pinned the blame on Gülen movement for his son, Osman Gökçek’s defeat in the election for the presidency of the city’s chamber of commerce.
The son Gökçek was defeated by Gürsel Baran in an election to select the new chairman of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO), on Dec. 3.
Accusing Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the chairman of the umbrealla organization, Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), of organizing opposition against his child, the mayor said Hisarcıklıoğlu collaborated with the Gülen movement to defeat his son.
Accusing the movement of anything bad is nothing new in Turkey as state officials as well as criminals and suspects also pin the blame on the movement for crimes, negligence and sometimes wrongdoing.
Turkish government accuses the movement or orchestrating a coup attempt on July 15; shutting down a Russian warplane in 2015 and murdering the Russian ambassador to Ankara in December, this year.
In late October, President Erdoğan’s chief advisor Yiğit Bulut hinted at connections between FETÖ and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.
In mid-October, the infamous police officer who sprayed tear gas directly into the face of a female protestor during Gezi demonstrations, for which he received a suspended 20-month jail sentence, blamed his superior, whom he considers to be affiliated with the movement.
Earlier, Soma Holding Chairman Can Gürkan said Turkey’s worst mining accident that killed 301 people at his mine was a plot by the movement.
Sentenced to 19 years in prison for his ex-wife’s murder, Turkey’s infamous mob boss Alaattin Çakıcı earlier claimed that judges and prosecutors affiliated with the movement blocked a fair trial in his case.
Late in September, a report that the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office attached to its investigation into the movement stated that the removal of talented pilots from within the military and FETÖ’s ensuing infiltration has increased the occurrence of crashes.
Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli also suggested alleged links between the movement and the recent downgrade in the country’s sovereign debt rating by Moody’s.