Main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has said that a prime minister shouldn't defend "thieves," vowing that his Republican People's Party (CHP) would bring clean politics to Turkey, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
"It is the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic that a prime minister defends those who are implicated in corruption. Turkey needs clean and honest politics," Kilicdaroglu said, blasting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his stance on an ongoing graft scandal during the inauguration of the CHP's new Istanbul headquarters Dec. 29.
Kilicdaroglu called on "devout citizens" to refuse to vote for a party involved in corruption, while reiterating his call on Erdogan and the four former ministers implicated in the graft probe to make public their assets.
"If he can't make it public, he won't be able to be cherished by this country. He cannot be described as an honest politician," Kilicdaroglu said, emphasizing that Istanbul was a huge source of corruption.
Ahead of the inauguration ceremony, Kilicdaroglu was welcomed by a crowd of supporters on his arrival at Istanbul's Atatürk airport Dec. 29, two days after thousands were deployed in support of Erdogan at a rally in the country's main airport.