ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday followers of an Islamic cleric with whom he’s locked in a power struggle might leak a video about him and his family to smear him before an August presidential election.
The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, is a former ally, now based in Pennsylvania, who Erdogan accuses of trying to unseat him. He says Gulen is behind a stream of “fabricated” voice recordings that purport to reveal corruption in the prime minister’s inner circle.
The leaking of those recordings on the internet ceased after local elections on March 30, which were dominated by Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, but the prime minister signaled in a rally in the eastern province of Agri he expected more to come.
“I have just found out that Pennsylvania is preparing a nice movie about me. They are preparing a nice movie about me and my family,” Erdogan told thousands of his supporters in the rally, ahead of a re-run of a municipal election in Agri on Sunday.