CHP submits motion to uncover events between two elections in 2015 over ex-PM’s remarks

Deputy leader of the main opposition Veli Agbaba has submitted a parliamentary motion to investigate terror-related events which occurred between the June 7 and November 1 elections in Turkey, Gazete Duvar news portal reported on Sunday.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s  Agbaba demanded an investigation into the events which followed when the ruling AK Party (AKP) lost the majority and later a snap election that resulted in AKP’s regaining of the control of the Turkish parliament.

“The term between June 7 and November 1 is AKP’s darkest times. Therefore, all of the [major] events of that period should be clarified both in terms of security and politics. We also expect [ex-Prime Minister Ahmet] Davutoglu to explain what he knows about this issue,” Agbaba said.

CHP’s deputy chairman referred to Turkey’s former prime minister who served between late September 2014 and May 2016. Lately, Davutoglu has been openly critical of the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has also been planning a new political movement to challenge him.

The motion followed the ex-PM’s allegations that senior figures from Erdogan’s AKP and the party’s main ally Devlet Bahceli, leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), were implicated in a series of terror attacks targeting opposition parties and trade unions in 2015.

Parliamentary investigations into those attacks have consistently been rejected by the Turkish government.

Speaking to the press in Sakarya province on Friday, Davutoglu replied to criticisms against him by senior AKP members that he betrayed them by leaving them alone in their current fight against terrorism in Turkey.

“They called us traitors. They have defined our acts as treachery. Nobody can call any prime minister who has been elected to this ministry through the will of the people a traitor,” he said.

Referring to the AKP’s state during his term as the country’s PM, Davutoglu added that many of the ruling party’s members would not be able to go out in public if one is to rake up the past with regards to the fight against terror.

“Why? Check your memory: If the history of the Republic of Turkey would be written one day, the most critical part of that history will be the period between June 7 and October 1 [in 2015],” he explained.

Indicating that a total of 694 people were killed in numerous different terror attacks in the said period, Agbaba emphasized that penalties of those who are responsible for the attacks that killed hundreds and injured hundreds more should not be limited to not being able to go out in public.

“Besides, Davutoglu’s remarks bring to mind so much more than negligence. It makes one think of the possibility that some officials are personally responsible for some of the terror attacks [in that period,]” Agbaba further argued.

After the AKP had lost the parliamentary majority while the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the electoral threshold and won 80 seats in parliament on June 7, 2015, Turkey suffered one of the deadliest terrorist campaigns with multiple attacks across the country.

In July, a peace process between the Turkish state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group that has waged an insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since the 1980s, ended with an attack by a group allegedly linked to the PKK.

The PKK later denied the involvement in the attack that left two policemen dead and all suspects arrested in relation to the incident were released after trials.

In a bomb attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) on July 20, 33 people lost their lives while dozens more were wounded in a group of mainly Kurdish youth in Turkey’s southeastern Suruc town.

The incident marked the beginning of a series of attacks by the ISIS inside Turkey.

Arguing that efforts to form a coalition had failed, President Erdogan called for a snap election on August 24.

Meanwhile, the Turkish security forces launched operations in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast provinces against what they defined as the “urban organizational structure of the PKK.”

On October 10, the country witnessed the deadliest bombing in its recent history, when two ISIS suicide bombers killed 109 civilians among a group of people, mainly leftists and Kurdish sympathizers, that gathered in the Turkish capital Ankara for a peace march.

The ruling AKP government regained control of parliament on November 1 following months of political uncertainty and terror attacks.

Sidelined by Erdogan in the aftermath of the snap elections, Davutoglu resigned from office in May 2016.

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