The ad-hoc parliamentary committee's final investigative report on the failed July 15 coup attempt states main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu encouraged the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), adding that there is "unity of purpose" between FETÖ and the CHP administration. On July 12, the Parliamentary Investigation Committee presented a final report to Parliament regarding the failed July 15 coup attempt blaming Fetullah Gülen for carrying out a secretive, decades-long campaign to overthrow the democratically elected government of Turkey in an attempt to seize power in the country. The final report also includes new allegations directed at CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu, specifically the CHP's shift from positive and agreeable cooperative messages during the coup attempt's wake to an attitude similar to the FETÖ organization.
"It is noteworthy to reiterate that the attitude of the CHP prior to the coup attempt was one of contradiction. Namely, given that the aforementioned periods are ongoing, the attitudes and behaviors of the CHP administration, which serves the political aims of FETÖ, bear qualities that encourage FETÖ," the report stated.
"Since the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 coup attempts of 2013 in which FETÖ revealed itself as a terrorist group, a firm unity of purpose has been observed between the main opposition leader [Kılıçdaroğlu] and FETÖ," the report added.
The report also states that FETÖ and CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu are using similar political discourse: "The most interesting situation observed is that the discourses and analyses of the FETÖ leader have, in a short period of time, transformed into the political arguments of the main opposition party. The leader of the CHP, who attended the Yenikapı democracy rally last year, contributed to an intra-party union but, over time, began to display behaviors which countered the unity and solidarity of democracy through discourse protecting the suspects in official investigations as well as defendants who have affiliations with FETÖ," the report stated. ''It is incomprehensible why the main opposition leader started exhibiting behaviors in tune with FETÖ after the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 coup attempts. Why has he engaged in congruent discourse with FETÖ? Why has he used illegal materials to serve the interests of FETÖ? Why does he oppose investigations surrounding FETÖ cases? Why has the main opposition party adopted a policy that supports the acquittal of FETÖ?'' the report asked.
Meanwhile, the controversial claims made by CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu, referring to the July 15 failed Gülenist coup attempt as a "controlled coup," have drawn further criticism from the government. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım harshly criticized the chairman's remarks Monday, with President Erdoğan declaring the CHP leader a liar. Erdoğan also urged Kılıçdaroğlu to reveal any documents he has on the matter. On the other hand, Prime Minister Yıldırım also criticized Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks, asking: "What does 'controlled coup' attempt mean? Isn't it an insult against our martyrs? Isn't offensive to their relatives? And don't such remarks go too far against our veterans?" Yıldırım said in April, noting that Kılıçdaroğlu cannot make claims without providing the proof to back them up. However, since then, Kılıçdaroğlu has failed to prove his allegations. Everything aside, a recent poll from the pro-CHP Gezici Research Company found that 92.6 percent of those polled believe the coup attempt was real and that FETÖ was behind it.
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