Reactions are still mounting to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to expel the ambassadors of ten Western countries who demanded the release of businessman Osman Kavala, who was arrested in connection with a failed conspiracy in 2016.
Kavala has been involved in funding several civil society organizations in the country and was jailed for four years in 2013 on charges of funding protests across the country and participating in a failed conspiracy in 2016.
According to Reuters, Erdogan’s political opponents said his decision was relevant regardless of the difficult economic situation the country has been experiencing recently.
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The ten ambassadors are Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand andUnited States.
Reuters noted that the move, if implemented, would cause deep controversy with the West during Erdogan’s 19-year rule.
Erdogan’s pressure aimed at boosting the economy, citing the crisis as a “record decline in the value of the Turkish lira” amid fears from investors.
The Turkish lira fell to a new record low of 1.6 percent to 9.74 in Asian trade against the dollar, amid growth attributed by bankers to reports by President Erdogan.
For his part, the leader of the main opposition Republican party, Kemel Clistaroglu, said Erdogan was “dragging the country into the abyss quickly” and that “the reason for these moves is not to protect national interests, but to create artificial reasons to sabotage the economy.”
“We have already seen this film. Go back to our real agenda and the main problem of this country, the economic crisis.”
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