Known for his oppositional stance to the Felicity Party administration, the party's High Advisory Board (YİK) Chair Oğuzhan Asiltürk died on Oct. 1 at the age of 86 following treatment for pneumonia triggered by COVID-19.
Asiltürk was best known for his opposition to Felicity Party leader Temel Karamollaoğlu's cooperation with the Nation Alliance, which compromises the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), nationalist İYİ (Good) Party and Democrat Party.
He was instead said to be in favor of a partnership with the ruling People's Alliance led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
In January, Asiltürk even hosted Erdoğan at his home, whereas in April he had an iftar dinner with the president at the Presidential Palace. He had also reacted against Karamollaoğlu's criticism of the AKP, and said a congress was on its way with an agenda to change the party's administration.
"May God's grace be with our most valuable big brother Mister Oğuzhan Asiltürk, one of the most important names in our political history," wrote the president in a tweet on Oct. 1.
Bugün vefat haberini aldığımız, Millî Görüş Vakfı ve Saadet Partisi Yüksek İstişare Kurulu Başkanı, siyasi tarihimizin önemli isimlerinden, çok kıymetli ağabeyimiz Sayın Oğuzhan Asiltürk’e Cenab-ı Allah’tan rahmet niyaz ediyorum. Mekânı cennet olsun.— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 1, 2021
"Our High Advisory Board chair, comrade and man of our cause Oğuzhan Asiltürk passed away," wrote Karamollaoğlu on Twitter on Oct. 1.
Yüksek İstişare Kurulu Başkanımız, yol arkadaşımız ve dava adamı Oğuzhan Asiltürk ahirete irtihal etmiştir.— Temel Karamollaoğlu (@T_Karamollaoglu) October 1, 2021
Milletimizin ve camiamızın başı sağolsun. Mekanı cennet, makamı âli olsun.
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also paid his condolences on social media, saying that he learned of the passing "of one of a generation's leaders with great sorrow."
Saadet Partisi Yüksek İstişare Kurulu Başkanı, eski İçişleri ve Sanayi bakanlarımızdan, bir neslin öncü isimlerinden Oğuzhan Asiltürk'ün vefatını büyük üzüntüyle öğrendim.— Ahmet Davutoğlu (@Ahmet_Davutoglu) October 1, 2021
Merhuma Allah'tan rahmet, ailesine, sevenlerine ve Milli Görüş camiasına sabr-ı cemil niyaz ediyorum.