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Opposition Party demands Gulen extradition from US to Turkey

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(Istanbul-AlummahWorld, Shawwal 26, 1437 AH, 31 July 2016) In Turkey, the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Vice Chairman Bulent Tezcan called on U.S. administration to extradite the leader of Gulenist Terror Organization (FETO), who is on self-exile in United States, Daily Sabah reported.


Speaking to private broadcaster CNN Turk, Tezcan said: "The U.S. must extradite Fetullah Gulen," and added that the respect must be mutual between international actors.

Criticizing the U.S. stance on Turkey's state of emergency, Tezcan also said that what Turkey experienced during the July 15 failed Gulenist coup attempt and its state of mind is not different than what Americans went through after September 11 attacks.


Highlighting the cooperation between the opposition parties and the government, Tezcan added: "We share our opinions with the Prime Ministry. They listen to us. We are working together to overcome this period."


Ankara has repeatedly called for the U.S. administration to extradite Gulen to Turkey. On July 15, a Gulenist faction within Turkish military attempted deadly coup, which killed more than 230 people and injured nearly 2,200 others. Turkey says the coup was organized by U.S.-based figure Fetullah Gulen's followers and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).


Gulen is also accused of running a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.


Distrust is mounting in Turkey regarding a possible involvement of Washington and US military in deadly coup attempt against democratic government. US and EU attitude of reluctant to promptly and clearly condemning coup plotters in Turkey and alledged mastermind Gulen is deepening concerns among masses in the republic of Turkey. Peoples are urging te the government and President Erdogan for an overall review of bilateral relations with U.S and Turkey.