Thursday, June 20, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç threatened resign both from his post as deputy prime minister and from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party)

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President Abdullah Gül intervened to persuade Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç not to resign from his post following a dispute between Arınç and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during last week's Cabinet meeting, the Taraf daily reported on Thursday.
The dispute, according to the daily, arose when Erdoğan told Arınç that he found Arınç's remarks on the Gezi Park demonstrations wrong. Following this, Arınç reportedly left the Cabinet meeting, saying that he would resign both from his post as deputy prime minister and from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

When Arınç could not be convinced to return by other ministers, Gül reportedly stepped in to convince Arınç not to resign.

Unlike Erdoğan, Arınç, who became acting prime minister when Erdoğan went on a five-day visit abroad earlier this month, adopted a more reconciliatory tone regarding the Gezi Park demonstrators who took to the streets in protest of government plans to demolish Gezi Park in central İstanbul's Taksim Square.

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