World Bulletin / News Desk
An intra-party rift has emerged within the Voice of the People Party (HAS Party) after the party's chairman, Numan Kurtulmuş, met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday over a possible merger of the two parties.
HAS Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Bekaroğlu, who said on his Twitter account on Thursday that Kurtulmuş is making a mistake, held a press conference on Friday during which he continued his criticism of Kurtulmuş's move.
Bekaroğlu stated that it looks like the HAS Party is going to be disbanded and that Kurtulmuş will eventually make an official announcement to explain what is going on. He also criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), adding that there have been no developments in the country since 2010.
Bekaroğlu also mentioned that he does not understand why Kurtulmuş would want to merge his party with the AK Party since the reasons for which the HAS Party was established are still existent and valid.
“People's demands have not been met by the government. The bloodshed is continuing in the country. The problems of the Kurds and religious people have still not been solved. The Sept. 12  and Feb. 28  coup cases are not progressing. We still have trouble with university entrance exams. Workers and the elderly are still struggling financially,” Bekaroğlu said.
He also criticized the AK Party's foreign policies, saying 1 million people have been killed in Iraq since the AK Party came in power and that almost 100,000 have died in Libya in the last year. “Furthermore, Syria has been pushed into a civil war,” he said.
Bekaroğlu concluded with his best wishes for Kurtulmuş, adding that he has nothing against the HAS Party chairman.
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