The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will definitely be shut down, and this is part of a greater plan, Abdüllatif Şener, a former AK Party deputy and minister, has reportedly said regarding an indictment filed at the Constitutional Court for the party's closure.
According to an AK Party member who shared Şener's "revelations" with Today's Zaman, the former minister said: "There will be total chaos. The guys have made plans for the next hundred years. They are acting in a very planned manner. [Prime Minister Recep] Tayyip Erdoğan might end up in jail. They might announce martial law in the Southeast."
Although it is not clear who Şener might be referring to as "the guys," following the military staging an unarmed military intervention that brought down a government in 1997, citing concerns over increased Islamization, an army general had said the intervention would last a hundred years.
Şener was recently the target of criticism for making remarks that conflict with the party's policy. Although he had opted to not run for Parliament again, Şener is still a member of the AK Party's Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK). He has spoken publicly of plans to establish a new political party.
Despite his contradictory remarks and actions, the AK Party leadership is not planning to launch a disciplinary investigation about him. Many AK Party deputies suggest Şener submit his resignation to the party management as soon as possible because he has already ceased to conduct himself as a loyal member of the party. In a recent meeting of the party's Central Executive Board (MYK), several deputies reportedly voiced this argument, but Prime Minister Erdoğan reportedly refrained from commenting on the issue.
AK Party executives assert that Şener must leave the party since "what he does is unethical." Some AK Party deputies suggest Şener is planning to be "victimized" by being kicked out of the party.
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