Removing CB head not issue of independence: MHP leader


The recent removal of the country’s Central Bank head has nothing to do with the bank’s independence, said MHP leader on July 9.

Speaking to his party’s parliamentary group, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli criticized the debate over the president’s decision last weekend to replace Turkey‘s Central Bank governor.

He blasted “those who weave disaster scenarios by hiding behind the Central Bank head” as “impertinents” who lack shame.

Calling the Central Bank head a bureaucrat on a government assignment, Bahçeli said: “No bureaucrat is privileged.”

“Those who duly carry out their duty remain, otherwise they go. This is how the state operates,” said Bahçeli.

Murat Çetinkaya was dismissed from his post as Central Bank governor early on July 6 via presidential decree, to be replaced by his deputy Murat Uysal.

AKP on July 8 defended the move.

“The removal was within the rights entitled to the president,” said Deputy Party Chair Mehmet Muş.

Hurriyet Daily News


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