Erdoğan ordered investigations into mayors over COVID-19 aid, opposition leader says
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan directly ordered investigations into opposition mayors over their COVID-19 aid campaigns, Sözcü reported on Sunday.
"When CHP municipalities started reaching out to poor citizens who were economically affected by the coronavirus measures, political power immediately prevented them," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
"Moreover, this ban was imposed by the order of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan."
Turkey’s Interior Ministry had opened an investigation into CHP mayors in the country's two largest cities over municipal aid campaigns during the outbreak.
Erdoğan accused the opposition municipalities of establishing a parallel state after he launched his own nationwide fundraising campaign to help people hit hard by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Interior Ministry has blocked bank accounts of Istanbul and Ankara municipalities, saying that municipalities cannot collect funds for aids.
Kılıçdaroğlu said that municipalities have the right to accept donations according to the law.
"Our citizens should feel at ease about this matter: No matter what the government does, we will continue to deliver our help to those in need," he said.