Right-wing opposition Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener has called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "Casper the Friendly Ghost" over the latter's remarks on not being responsible for the decrease in the central bank reserves.
Erdoğan on Dec. 20 said that the central bank's FX reserves were increased to $135 billion during his term as the prime minister. He then went on to deny responsibility for the subsequent decrease.
"There was a decrease. I was not present. I was the president," Erdoğan said, prompting surprise.
"The FX reserves are above $100 billion once again. It will increase," he added.
Akşener on Dec. 22 responded to Erdoğan's remarks, saying that she couldn't believe what the president said.
"He said he was not present. I can't believe it. As if he is Casper the Friendly Ghost, he was not present!" Akşener told İYİ Party members during a parliamentary group meeting.
"Mr. Erdoğan, it's obvious that you're not here now either. Turkey is experiencing a severe currency crisis. The follow-up of this is a crisis in the production and banking sectors," she said.