Former speechwriter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Aydın Ünal listed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) among terrorist organizations in a column on Monday.
Writing for the staunchly pro-government Yeni Şafak daily, Ünal argued that the CHP intersects with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gülen movement, which the government labels as terrorist organizations. According to Ünal, the CHP “unconditionally” takes sides with Europe whenever problems arise between Turkey and Europe. Ünal further stated that by blaming the government and the president after every terrorist attack, the CHP provides “political logistics” to terrorism. For Erdoğan’s long-time speechwriter, the CHP’s narrative overlaps with terrorist organizations and Europe.
Ünal also listed the media and journalists, writers, academics, intellectuals and artists as a category while describing terrorism in his column.
After CHP deputy Özgür Özel denied accusations against his party, which is the oldest political party in modern Turkey, the minister of European Union Affairs from the AKP, Ömer Çelik, expressed his disapproval of the fellow party member’s column. Çelik said that comments on the CHP could not be considered accurate in terms of style.