The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will never have a role in the future of the Turkish economy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, also criticizing the main opposition party on the issue. “When we came to power [in 2002], Turkey’s debts stood at $23.5 billion,” Erdoğan said Feb. 21 at a local election rally in the western province of Denizli. “I told the IMF chair in Davos [at the time] ‘You are not the prime minister of Turkey, I am. You do not have a job to run Turkey, take your money and leave the rest.’ He was sent away [as the IMF chair], your brother here became the president. Now we have no debts to the IMF,” Erdoğan said, claiming that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu would not have such a stance if he was in power.
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