By Manolis Kostidis
An attempt to defuse the tension in Turkey – Erdogan gives away money – No tax for families with three or more children
Ahmet Davutoglu is trying to create a “bridge” of friendship with the movement “Hizmet”, of the powerful imam Fetullah Gulen, who the government claims to be behind the revelations of the scandals that “ended” 4 MInisters.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs suggested a dialogue between the two sides.
“We should be building a dialogue instead of barriers. There is a way to get out of the crisis. Let’s make a dialogue. For this reason, Erdogan has called Gulen to Turkey in the past”, the Minister stated in one of his interviews.
Already, in the last 48 hours there is some kind of a truce. The revelations about the scandals have stopped and the same goes for the removals of Police Chiefs. According to information, Gulen’s trusted representatives are in talks with members of the government.
Davutoglu has sent a message to the judges saying that “the judicial system must be purified from revenge. I hope that everything the Erdogan government has achieved in the last 10 years will be seen by our friends and brothers; they will search their soul”.
Fetullah Gulen on the other hand, since the beginning of the crisis is denying any involvement in the case that has brought down Ministers, Ministers’ sons, businessmen and potentially the Turkish Prime Minister’s children.
In a unclearly formulated sermon that was posted to Gulen’s website with the title Herkül (Hercules) the imam compared the current situation with dark periods in history, when “the masses were toys in the hands of demagogues, who put them to sleep and woke them at will”.
He predicted that “this chaos’s funeral and the sacred days when the nation will be on a path of relief, are close”.
Erdogan continues to talk about organized interests that oppose his government, but tries not to mention Gulen. “They said “Gezi” and broke glasses. Now they say ”corruption” and brake glasses. These conspiracies will not succeed” he said in front of a zealous crowd in the western province Magnesia. “What they are interested in is not corruption, the law or justice. Their only concern is to destroy this nation’s power”.
The new Minister of Interior Akif Ala talked about the existence of a “parallel state” and promised to extinguish this phenomenon. He threatens with persecutions of judges and advocates who cooperated with the Mass Media. The government’s Deputy Prime Minister and Representative Bülent Arınç stated that soon the necessary actions will be taken in order to be revealed which judges and advocates acted against Turkey. The government’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ claimed that “part of the judicial system acted as a gang against the Erdogan government.
The president of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu responded by pointing out that “whoever is looking for a gang should bring together the council of Ministers”.
Erdogan’s government claims that the cost of this crisis that started with the revelations about the corruption scandal was over $120 billion. The financial newspaper Dunya reveals that Turkey’s CDS index doubled within a few days and from 109 units reached 218 units.
However, Davutoglu’s statement for a dialogue and the information about communications between Gulen’s side and the government’s Ministers caused a high increase of 6.1% in the stock market. The turkish lira after consecutive devaluations against the dollar and the Euro showed a 1.3% revaluation.
In any case, in order for the issue of corruption scandals to be forgotten, Erdogan’s government started to make electoral promises in sight of the local elections and gives away money. Like the one announced by Bülent Arınç where families with three children or more will not pay income tax! Members of the government report that the tax measure will initially effect those who receive the basic salary.