Turkey may face new provocations on eve of presidential elections
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish government may face new provocations on the eve the of presidential elections, Turkey's Haber7 TV channel quoted the country's Interior Minister Efkan Ala as saying on May 12.
The presidential elections in Turkey will be held on August 10, 2014.
The minister stressed that the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic public figure currently residing in the U.S, stands behind the possible provocations against the government.
Ala went on to add that the Gulen movement tries to plunge the country into chaos.
Gulen, the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation, is accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.
Following the case, Prime Minister Erdogan accused Gulen and representatives of his movement of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.
Erdogan also stressed that Gulen movement, which he earlier called a "parallel structure", proved with its anti-state activities that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.
Turkish PM called on Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the U.S. of supporting him.
A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Fethullah Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against Turkey.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Gulen will be extradited from the U.S., adding that Turkey has launched the legal procedure for extradition of Gulen.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.I.