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    Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the attempted coup in front of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey July 16, 2017.

    Erdogan Voices Readiness to Resign if Opposition Leader's Allegations True

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    Erdogan's lawyers have appealed to the court against an opposition figure, demanding $380,000 in compensation for the president's defamation.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to resign if the head of the country's main opposition party Kemal Kilichdaroglu manages to prove allegations of corruption against him.

    "If you have any proof, please provide it. And I will give an answer. Otherwise, say that you have slandered me and apologize. Let [Kylychdaroglu] prove in which foreign bank Tayyip Erdogan has an account. If he fails to do so, let him leave politics. And if he does [prove it], then I will leave my post," Erdogan said as broadcasted by the NTV television channel.

    The statement comes after the Turkish Justice and Development Party headed by Erdogan blocked an inquiry in the Parliament connected with the publications, claiming that the sons of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim were involved in offshore companies.

    READ MORE: Turkish Cabinet Change Means Little as Erdogan Wields Most Power — Opposition

    The opposition leader has criticized the decision of the parliamentarians and urged Erdogan to disclose information about his own finances, as, he claimed, the children, relatives and associates of the Turkish leader allegedly invested several million dollars in an offshore company.

    The lawyers of the president appealed to the court with a lawsuit against the opposition figure, demanding him to pay $380,000 in compensation for inflicting non-material damages on Erdogan with his statement.

    READ MORE: Turkish Coup Anniversary: Erdogan Accused of Using It to Create 'Dictatorship'

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