“I have no intention of giving Baykal the benefit of gaining from this situation,” Erdogan said at a reception held for the start of the new legislative year in response to a reminder from a journalist of Baykal’s call for a face-to-face debate.
“Corruption, poverty and restrictions. Our struggle with these problems continues and we don’t need to ask for permissions for our efforts to combat these issues.” Erdogan said.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Baykal last week called on Erdogan to address the recent corruption claims surrounding the party. The call came after a rare live televised debate between CHP deputy leader of the parliamentary group, Kemal Kilicdaroglu and the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat to answer claims made by the opposition.
The argument between the two MPs was triggered when Kilicdaroglu made a series of corruption and fraud allegations involving members of the ruling AKP. The debate was chaired by experienced journalist Ugur Dundar, the news manager of Star TV.