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Feb 18 2019

Turkish ex-PM appoints waiter as parliamentary adviser - newspaper

Turkish former prime minister and ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul, Binali Yıldırım, has appointed his private waiter as an adviser to parliament, nationalist Sözcü newspaper reported on Monday.

The reports on the appointment of Zeynel Nar to an advisory role in parliament come hours before Yıldırım is to step down from his role as parliamentary speaker ahead of March 31 local elections.

Yıldırım came under heavy criticism from Turkey’s opposition for what they said was his violating the constitution by not stepping down as speaker of parliament during his campaign for mayor. 

Nar’s appointment has created a backlash among fellow staff members and members of the opposition Sözcü said. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) member of parliament Mahmut Tanal said: “This is corruption, incompetence and favouritism.”

Tanal said other AKP members, including former parliamentary speaker İsmail Kahraman, had similarly appointed staff members as advisers.