Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodogan called Sunday on Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a onetime ally who has become a bitter foe, to stop meddling in the country’s politics.
“I was naive. I used my best endeavours to support him,” Erdogan told party loyalists at an election rally, referring to Gulen, who lives in exile in the United States.
Erdogan has blamed Gulen and his supporters in Turkey of launching a major corruption probe targeting key members of his inner circle that has shaken his government to the core ahead of key elections on March 30.
At the rally in the southwestern city of Isparta, Erdogan accused Gulen of interfering in Turkish politics and urged him to return to the country.
“Two years ago I asked him to return to Turkey. He did not. I ask him again. If you’re honest and sincere, stop stirring up this country,” he said.
The Gulen movement was a key backer of Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) when it first came to power in 2002.
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