The former general manager of the state-run Eximbank received TL 6,000 a month in rent assistance despite having ownership of his home, according to information provided by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan to opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Umut Oran, it emerged on Sunday.

Eximbank General Manager Hayrettin Kaplan received TL 6,000 a month in rental assistance, according to the information provided by Oran, a sum 13 times higher than the rental assistance granted to low-level state employees.

CHP deputy Oran had initially filed a parliamentary motion about Eximbank with Babacan in 2012, but he did not receive a response until a year later. This response contained limited information, stating that the matter was largely confidential. 

However, Oran then filed a second motion, and this time he received concrete information from Babacan, including the details of Kaplan’s rental assistance. It was also revealed that when Eximbank moved its headquarters from Ankara to İstanbul in 2012, former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer’s two daughters, who had worked for the bank for years, were fired when they stated that they could not make the move for family reasons. 

Although Sezer’s daughters were let go from the state-run bank, 56 other employees were allowed to continue working in Ankara when the bank moved, according to the information provided by Oran.