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Former ministry employee files criminal complaint against Babacan amid new party talks

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A former public employee filed a criminal complaint alleging terrorism against Ali Babacan, a previous economy minister who has reportedly been engaged in efforts to establish a new political party in Turkey, the Odatv news website reported on Tuesday.

Ali Çevik, a former civil servant at Turkey’s Undersecretariat of the Treasury, accused Babacan of intentionally supporting the Gülen movement in a criminal complaint filed with the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Turkish government accuses the movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Babacan is reportedly in talks with former President Abdullah Gül to establish a new party, a move that could potentially weaken the control of incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s control of conservative voters.

Çevik also accused Babacan of pursuing misguided economic policies and of causing the current deterioration in the country’s economic conditions.

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