Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Saturday called on members of the high judiciary to resign from their positions, saying they are no longer able to dispense justice.
The heads of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Council of State and Court of Accounts had joined President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at an event in Kırşehir on Friday and were seen applauding while Erdoğan was criticizing opposition parties.
Answering reporters questions at an event in İstanbul, Kılıçdaroğlu commented on the issue and said it is unacceptable for members of the judiciary to be seen together with members of the executive branch, let alone applauding them. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader said members of the judiciary should join Parliament if they want to applaud.
Accusing them of politicizing the judiciary, Kılıçdaroğlu stated: “They must quit their jobs. Let them quit their jobs and go to the headquarters of the Justice and Development Party [AKP], register themselves [for membership] and [then] they can propagate whatever they want.”
The members the judiciary had also harvested tea along with President Erdoğan during his visit to Rize last week.