Turkish politics is not calming down. Now is also a close advisor to the President Erdoğan resigned. He had previously requested the release of a well-known intellectual.
After criticizing the detention of government critics, a confidante of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has resigned from his work as a consultant. Bülent Arınç announced on Tuesday that he had resigned from the “High Advisory Committee” – a body of the President – and Erdoğan accepted it. Erdoğan’s office confirmed the decision. Arınç is also a co-founder of the Islamic conservative ruling party AKP.
Last week, in an interview with the Habertürk broadcaster, Arınç called for the release of the intellectual and cultural promoter Osman Kavala, who has been imprisoned for more than three years. Erdoğan then indirectly criticized Arınç on Sunday and spoke of “individual statements” made by individuals. The president also made renewed allegations against Kavala, lowering hopes of his release.
Second resignation in a short time
Arınç now wrote as a justification: “It is obvious that Turkey needs reforms in the judiciary, the economy and in other areas.”
Sayın Bülent Arınç, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Yüksek İstişare Kurulu üyeliği görevinden ayrılmayı talep etmiş, sayın Arınç’ın talebi Sayın Cumhurbaşkanımız tarafından kabul edilmiştir.
Kamuoyuna saygıyla duyurulur.
– TC İletişim Başkanlığı (@iletisim) November 24, 2020
He supported the president in the announced reforms. Arınç also wrote: Through his statements in the interview, the discussion had been directed to individual people, he feared that this would hinder the reforms. That is why he “decided that it would be more appropriate to withdraw from my role as a member of the High Advisory Committee.”
It is the second resignation in the Erdoğan’s circle within a month. At the beginning of November Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak suddenly resigned as finance minister.