CHP leader asks party to prepare alternate report on Turkey’s failed coup

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Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), gives a speech during the parliamentary group meeting of his party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on January 17, 2017. AFP

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has asked his party to draft an alternate report investigating a failed coup that took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016 since a report prepared by the government has failed to shed light on the coup attempt.

“The members of the coup commission [from the CHP] should do a very meticulous piece of work. They should uncover all the relations and points left in contradiction and darkness regarding the July 15 coup attempt. Let’s try to ensure that the public is informed on this matter, leaving no stone unturned,” Kılıçdaroğlu said during a CHP central executive meeting in Ankara on May 31.

Kılıçdaroğlu said a report prepared by a parliamentary commission concerning the coup attempt released last Friday actually aims to cover up the background of the putsch rather than bringing it to light.

The 630-page-long report was prepared in four months, 15 days. The Coup Investigation Commission has attracted widespread criticism for not hearing key figures such as Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan.

Kılıçdaroğlu also said his party’s deputies should be co-plaintiffs in the coup trials because they have also been victimized by the coup attempt as the Parliament building was bombed by the coup plotters.

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