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Turkish PM Erdoğan says AK Party invited to join Socialist International 3 mai 2011

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Today’s Zaman (Turkey)

03 May 2011, Tuesday

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Socialist International (SI), which brings together the social democrat, labor and democratic socialist political parties of the world under one roof, invited his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to join the organization but that he turned the invitation down.

Speaking during a meeting of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) on Tuesday, Erdoğan lashed out at the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), accusing it of deviating from its socialist democrat credentials.

“Is there a single person who understands where the main opposition party is on the political arena? Are they on the right? No. Can you say they are on the left? No. They have nothing to do with social democracy. We are being invited to SI. Believe me, I have told them in response that we can join SI if they expel the CHP. They [the CHP] have noting to do with social democracy. Westerners know that and they are inviting us. They [CHP members] are neither liberal nor democratic. The policy the CHP has been pursuing can only be called opportunism,” he said.

The CHP is Turkey’s sole member of SI, but the party has frequently been criticized even by SI members for failing to abide by the organization’s principles.

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