The Turkish Red Crescent Association has decided to hold an Extraordinary General Assembly following a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors. The announcement was made in a statement released by the Red Crescent. Until the Extraordinary General Assembly takes place, Prof. Dr. Fatma Meriç Yılmaz will be the acting Chairman of the Board of Directors, as per the statute.
In another development, former Turkish Red Crescent President Kerem Kınık has changed his social media account after his resignation. He is now using the term “Red Crescent volunteer” instead of the title “Turkish Red Crescent President.”
Meanwhile, President Erdogan has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the Red Crescent’s sale of tents. “This issue has seriously upset me. The Red Crescent cannot engage in the act of selling such a tent. And he must quickly correct this mistake,” he said. “We have constantly encouraged the Red Crescent to become much more active, especially in tent production. Red Crescent should not have the slightest problem or problem when it comes to tents.”
President Erdogan added that if other countries had been involved in the February 6 incident, they may have faced worse consequences, highlighting the importance of the Red Crescent’s work. However, he also noted that progress has been made, with debris removal work completed and the construction of new permanent residences underway.