World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish religious congregation leader Fethullah Gulen has slammed the Turkish AK Party-led government, claiming that it has reversed democratic progress in the country.
In yet another major indication that Hizmet Movement leader Fethullah Gulen has parted ways with his former ally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gulen told the Wall Street Journal that in the past two years has seen a reversal in democratic progress.
"Purges based on ideology, sympathy or world views was a practice of the past that the present ruling party promised to stop," Gulen wrote to the Wall Street Journal.
He also claimed that some of his followers may be tempted to vote for the opposition Republican People’s Party in the upcoming local elections.
Gulen has denied accusations of being behind a ‘parallel state’ that has been targeting the AK Party government since a series of police operations ordered by prosecutors believed to be loyal to him started on December 17.Last Mod: 21 Ocak 2014, 14:05