Turkey’s AKP rejects call to investigate political wing of Gülen movement

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has rejected a call by the main opposition party for a parliamentary investigation into the political establishment of the Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt.

The secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) submitted a proposal to Turkish parliament on Sunday calling for the establishment of a new Coup Investigation Commission to examine what it called the political leg of the Gülen movement. The opposition party called a commission established in parliament in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt inadequate.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement, a religious group and former AKP ally, of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt, which killed 250 people and injured over 1,000, as the culmination of a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Over 100,000 alleged Gülen devotees have been jailed or dismissed from their jobs under a two-year state of emergency declared shortly after the failed putsch. Ankara has denied that the Gülen movement infiltrated the country’s political establishment and says the state has been purged of the group.

Diken news site quoted AKP Group Deputy Chairman Mehmet Muş as saying the CHP was conducting political propaganda with the proposal it submitted to the speaker’s office of the Grand National Assembly demanding a new investigation into the movement.

“It’s been four years since the coup occurred. [They] submit a proposal like this [now]. We didn’t hear a single word from the CHP when we were fighting a tough war against FETÖ,” Muş said, referring to Ankara’s acronym for the terrorist organisation it says was formed by members of the Gülen movement.