Chairman of Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu gestures as he delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara on March 27, 2018. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against the leader of Turkey's main opposition party over "baseless" comments linking the president to the Muslim cleric Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup, Erdogan's lawyer said Thursday.Lawyer Huseyin Aydin dismissed the accusation, saying it was clear to everyone Erdogan was leading the fight against Gulen and that the president was seeking $63,000 in damages.Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for 15 years as prime minister and then president, has had multiple spats with Kilicdaroglu that produced more than 20 court cases.
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