Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been working with what he calls the "parallel structure" for 11 years of his 12 year rule, Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Hurriyet Daily News reported.
"The parallel structure is a kind of perception management based on concepts designed and picked by Erdogan and his cadre. It is nothing to take seriously. He was together with those he calls the parallel structure for at least 11 years of his 12 year rule," Bahceli said.
Erdogan has been at odds with the U.S. based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen and his movement, calling it the "parallel structure" within the state, since the start of the graft probe on Dec. 17, 2013. Erdogan blames the Gulenists for their involvement in the operation that purged Cabinet ministers and their sons.
As a result, public trust in both Erdogan and Gulen is very low, Bahceli said, adding the government should privatize or close TRT, the state television channel, for its disproportionate coverage of the other presidential candidates for the upcoming Aug. 10 elections.
Erdogan will be running against the joint MHP and Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoglu, former head of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).