Babacan criticises economy minister's taciturn resignation

Ali Babacan, leader of the breakaway Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) who once led economic policy for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said on Saturday that the abrupt resignation of finance minister without self-criticism was irresponsible, T24 reported.

"Is there such a thing as to be in charge of the economy for two years and then disappear with a short resignation message? What kind of irresponsibility is this? You cannot be saved by disappearing. The price this nation pays does not disappear with someone leaving," Babacan said at his party's congress in the western province of Sakarya.

Berat Albayrak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law, resigned on Nov. 8 as the head of the Treasury and Finance Ministry by issuing a statement on his Instagram account.

Babacan, Erdoğan’s former finance minister Babacan who was widely credited with the AKP's economic success in its first decade in power, criticised the lack of self-criticism among the ranks of the ruling party.

"This nation did not give you the deed of the country. You bear the responsibility of every transaction you make, every document you sign. You cannot make people forget what happened by ignoring the facts," he said.