They blocked the entrance of TürkStat to Kilicdaroglu – He spoke about false data on inflation

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Turkey’s main opposition leader has been barred from joining the country’s National Statistics Office (TürkStat) just hours after posting data on inflation that he described as unreliable.

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Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and party officials could not enter TürkStat’s headquarters in Ankara on Friday, with an unknown person at the gate telling them he could not let the group say. enter.

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“If state institutions mislead the public and operate on orders and not by law, they are guilty,” Kilicdaroglu told reporters outside headquarters. “The statistical office has become an institution of the palace,” he said, referring to the presidential building in Ankara.

Figures showing a 3.51% rise in inflation in November, a month in which the pound depreciated by 29% against the dollar, are unreliable, he said.

Annual inflation accelerated for the sixth month in November to 21.3%, the highest level in three years, as the pound fell as the central bank, under pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cut interest rates.

The Turkish opposition has stepped up its criticism of TürkStat, accusing it of falsifying numbers to please Erdogan as the economy and currency suffer. TürkStat denies the allegations, saying it operates without political interference and that its data are in line with its European counterparts.

Kilicdaroglu visited the central bank on October 15th, meeting with Governor Sahap Kavtzioglou. A few days later, Erdogan said that the fact that the governor met with the CHP leader shows the institution’s independence.

Petros Kranias

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