Turkish opposition leader slams finance minister over ‘reckless’ remarks to investors

Meral Akşener, the leader of Turkey's right-wing opposition Good Party (İP) and a former interior minister, slammed a pledge by Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati to deal with the bureaucracy and change laws for foreign investors.

The minister is known for his “sit-com-like quotes and ridiculous statements rather than his expertise”, the Bianet news website cited Akşener as telling her party members at a weekly meeting in parliament on Wednesday.

Nebati told a group of businesspeople at the International Investors Summit held in Cannes, France last week that he disliked “legislation or bureaucracy that gives investors a hard time”.

“Let us fight together, we can topple the bureaucracy. We have our President at our back, relax."

Akşener said “what did this friend say? I could not believe my ears. This statement is an admission of a state crisis in our country. Minister Nebati is actually saying that they do not recognise any laws.”

Nebati said legislation “could be changed”, news website T24 reported. “Under the presidential system, we are making quick strides,” he said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan enjoys vast executive powers under Turkey's presidential system of government gained via a public referendum in 2017 and elections the following year. The opposition is united in rejecting the system and has pledged to return Turkey to a parliamentary democracy if it wins elections scheduled for 2023.

Free markets and the free exchange rate regime are under guarantee in Turkey, Nebati said.

“The Republic of Turkey has never experienced such a scandal in all of its history. The Republic of Turkey has never been ruled by such a cavalier administration," Akşener said.

“The minister is inviting investors to come to Turkey to deal with not an institutional state but individual persons. Whichever way you look at it, there cannot be a clearer expression or description of the freak system we live under,” she said.

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