The only political party that has yet to assign any of its deputies to be a member of the parliamentary commission, established in order to investigate the July 15 coup attempt, is the ruling AK Party, said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chair of the main opposition CHP.
All political parties including AK Party, CHP, MHP and HDP agreed to create a parliamentary commission that aimed to look into the bloody coup attempt, on July 26. Yet, AK Party has balked at appointing any member to the commission so far though all three other parties named their members.
“Today is August 17: all parties – MHP, HDP, CHP – have assigned members to the commission. Only AK Party has not assigned any members. I want to ask this to PM Binali Yıldırım: ‘Why aren’t you assigning MPs to the commission? With what reason? Which MPs don’t you not?” Kılıçdaroğlu’s speech was translated by Birgün Daily on August 18.
AK Party’s deputy group chairman Bülent Turan said in response on Friday: “We want to kick off this task in very productive period. The establishment of the commission would now mean waste of time. Because, suspensions [of suspected people] and testimonies [of them] are yet to end. What will these people [commission members] investigate, whom will they talk to?”
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses the faith-based Gulen Movement of masterminding the putsch, the movement has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.
More than 80,000 people have been purged from within public institutions while over 40,000 people have been detained over alleged links to the movement since July 15. Meanwhile, some 20,000 people were arrested, backing up claims that the government taps into the attempt in order to lock down dissidents.
In his initial remarks when the attempt was even yet to be rebuffed, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the coup attempt was a gift from God to cleanse the movement from within state institutions.