AKP Group Deputy Chair Özlem Zengin has said that "women had no name" before the AKP came to power, prompting surprise among the opposition. "Women had no name in this country until the AKP came to power. Women built the AKP and that's why we, as the women and men in the party and our President, try to make life easier for women with the works that we carry out," Zengin said in parliament.
AKP co-founder Bülent Arınç has commented on prosecutors' showing civic activist Osman Kavala's alleged phone calls with U.S. academic Henri Barkey as evidence against the philanthropist in the coup investigation. Arınç said Barkey played an important role in the the foundation of the AKP and Kavala's contact with him should not be considered as a "crime."