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Kılıçdaroğlu Questions Allocation of ‘Earthquake Tax’ Donations and Turkish Government’s Response to Russian Naval Incident

In a recent development, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), took to social media on the 24th anniversary of the Marmara Earthquake, raising concerns over the utilization of funds collected under the ‘earthquake tax’ initiative. Kılıçdaroğlu questioned the whereabouts of these donations, which were intended to aid in swift recovery and bolster preventive measures.

Addressing the nation’s state of preparedness for calamities, Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized that the fundamental responsibility of the government is to be adequately equipped for disasters. Despite the passage of numerous years since the catastrophic August 17, 1999 earthquake, the country’s lack of readiness for natural catastrophes was exposed anew on February 6, evoking a profound sense of sorrow.

On the occasion of the August 17 Earthquake anniversary, Kılıçdaroğlu offered his somber remembrances for the lives lost in the earthquake and other tragic events. He conveyed his heartfelt hopes for the avoidance of any future repetition of such grief.

Kılıçdaroğlu directed a pointed inquiry to the Turkish government, seeking transparency regarding the ‘earthquake tax’ donations collected since the aftermath of the August 17 earthquake. These funds were intended to expedite recovery efforts and ensure essential precautions.

Additionally, Kılıçdaroğlu broached the issue of the recent incident involving a Russian military operation on a Turkish cargo ship, named the Şükrü Okan, in the Black Sea. Expressing concern over the apparent silence from the government in Ankara, Kılıçdaroğlu questioned why the Palace State had refrained from providing any official statements in response to this incident.

These developments underscore the ongoing discussions concerning disaster relief funds and the government’s handling of international incidents. As the nation grapples with these issues, public attention remains focused on the government’s responses and accountability.

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