Skip to comments.Turkish PM Erdogan tells enemies they will pay price after poll
Posted on 03/31/2014 2:38:25 AM PDT by markomalley
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. "They will pay for this," he said.
Erdogan, fighting the biggest challenge of his 12-year rule, addressed supporters from a balcony at AKP headquarters at the end of a long and bitter election campaign in which he has labeled his opponents "terrorists" and an "alliance of evil".
The harsh tone of his balcony address suggested he felt he now had a mandate for strong action against his enemies. "From tomorrow, there may be some who flee," he said.
The election campaign has been dominated by a power struggle between Erdogan and a moderate U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of using a network of followers in police and judiciary to fabricate graft accusations in an effort to topple him. Erdogan has purged thousands of police and hundreds of judges and prosecutors since anti-graft raids in December targeting businessmen close to him and sons of ministers.
"We will enter their lair," he said. "They will pay the price, they will be brought to account. How can you threaten national security?"
The turbulence has unnerved investors, driving the lira currency to a record low in January and prompting losses in stocks of some 8.6 percent since late last year. The strong AKP showing, signaling political continuity, calmed nerves however on Monday and the lira hit a two-month high.
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He sounds like Valerie Jarrett.
Someone needs to get rid of Erdogan.
Erdogan won’t stop so he must be stopped. An Islamist Turkey must not be allowed to grow and spread terrorism.
Erdogan is Muslim Brotherhood and is a closet jihad sympathizer. Once you understand that, everything he does makes sense.
That may be so ... but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to get rid of him.
“They will pay the price, they will be brought to account. How can you threaten national security?”
TSA suggests Gun owners, TEA Party members, Civil libertarians groups are likely terrorists.
Probably an uncle!