Turkish PM Davutoglu: ‘I am being wiretapped’

Many key government figures in Turkey have been illegally wiretapped in late 2013, including Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. (File photo: AFP)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Friday that he is being illegally wiretapped, linking the incident to figures opposing a peaceful solution to the Kurdish bid.

Speaking at a provincial congress on Friday, the Turkish premier praised the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and spoke on how the alleged eavesdropping happened shortly after protests against the Turkish government erupted in the same year.

“The Gezi protests began in May 2013, at a time when all of the armed elements [of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party – PKK] were about to leave Turkish soil,” he said, in statement carried by the Hurriyet Daily News.

“Then came the provocations of the parallel gang,” he said referring to loyalists of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gülen.

The Turkish government, ruled by Erdogan back then, blamed Gülen for the allegations.

“They wiretapped the president, the prime minister and now they are wiretapping me as the [new] prime minister,” he said.

Many key government figures in Turkey have been illegally wiretapped in late 2013, among them was now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The recordings of senior officials were leaked and posted on the internet, shaking up the government.
 

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