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Government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ has spoken about resignation of Balıkesir Mayor Edip Uğur, who claimed to have been threatened.
Stating that Uğur’s resignation is a personal choice, Bozdağ said, “The AK Party (Justice and Development Party) threatening someone is unacceptable. If there is [any threat], the legal channels are open”.
Bozdağ briefly said:
"Good luck to Edip Uğur"
“Good luck to Edip Uğur with his resignation. He is a valuable friend to us whom we also worked with as a deputy.
“If there is a threat, may he resort to legal procedures”
“Edip Uğur resigning from his party is a personal choice.
“The AK Party threatening someone is unacceptable. If there is [any threat], the legal channels are open
What did Edip Uğur say?
Uğur in his speech of resignation said yesterday (October 30):
“My family and I have received threats”
There is no corruption, no irregularities, no failures, no FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organization) but there are sorts of pressures and threats reaching to your family, to your house. This has gone beyond the point of endurance. Thus, it has become impossible to do politics in the AK Party”.
Mayors who were asked to resign
A large number of people from AKP's provincial and district organizations have been asked to resign upon demand of President Erdoğan.
İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek, Bursa Mayor Recep Altepe and resigned upon Erdoğan's call.
Topbaş resigned on September 22, Keleş on October 2, Akdoğan on October 18, Altepe on October 23 and Gökçek on October 28.
Balıkesir Mayor Ahmet Edip Uğur had said that he would announce his decision at 5 p.m. on October 30, Monday.
“I am sad, disappointed but at peace”
“I am sad, disappointed but at peace because I’ve taken this decision with a clear conscience. I was always in an effort to my beloved city and fellow townspeople. I thank you all, good bye”. (EKN/TK)
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