Turkish opposition deputy vows to 'broadcast prosecution of AKP officials on TV'

CHP deputy Aykut Erdoğdu vowed to broadcast "the prosecution of AKP officials on national television," adding that the government will leave via the ballot box. The deputy's statement shortly follows the president's criticism of 104 retired admirals who urged the government to preserve the Montreux Convention.

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Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Aykut Erdoğdu vowed to broadcast the prosecution of officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) after they are voted out of office, he said on a broadcast of online Bizim TV on April 5. 

Erdoğdu's comments closely followed the president's statement that a declaration released by a group of retired admirals implied a coup, a fear that has come up numerous times since the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 5 slammed the admirals' protest to the construction of Kanal Istanbul, which they said would open the Montreux Convention up for discussion. 

The president said that the possibility of the artificial canal violating the treaty was "utterly wrong."

CHP deputy Erdoğdu on April 5 said that the ruling People's Alliance was not going to leave office because of a coup, but through a defeat at the ballot boxes.

The AKP "ruined" Turkey's judiciary, executive branch and ministries, and impoverished the land to the point that even devoted voters have averted from the party, Erdoğdu said. 

"I will see them judged in court. We will broadcast these prosecutions on Turkish Radio and Television live," the deputy said. "We will broadcast it in foreign languages too so that everyone knows never to betray their country again."

The deputy also said that he thought early elections were unlikely, as the People's Alliance is unlikely to win, adding that the government was "politically dead."