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Turkey.- Erdogan rules out calling early elections in Turkey and predicts a clear victory for the AKP in 2023

He emphasizes that “going to the polls every 15 or 20 months is something that is only seen in primitive tribes”


The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has rejected the calls of the opposition in favor of calling early elections and has predicted that his formation, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will prevail in the “key” elections of 2023.

“They continue to ask for early elections. There will be no early elections. They will be held in June 2023,” he said, before adding that “going to the polls every 15 or 20 months is something that is only seen in primitive tribes,” as reported the Turkish newspaper ‘Hurriyet’.

“We are managing this country as a modern entity,” he said. “There is a year and a half to go to the polls. That is why we work and knock on the doors of all the people, we shake their hands and win their hearts,” he said, before promising to “break” new records for the durability of the party at the head of the country.

Thus, he stressed that “the record will go much further with a victory in the presidential elections and a majority in Parliament in the June 2023 elections.” “By winning those elections we will have led our country to a new stage in the construction of a great and powerful Turkey,” he said.

Erdogan recalled that since the founding of the AKP in 2001 the party has prevailed in all elections, as reported by the Turkish state news agency, Anatolia. The party is now part of the People’s Alliance together with the ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the third with the largest number of representatives in Parliament, has repeatedly called for the holding of early elections, calls to which the Republican People’s Party (CHP), second in seats.

The Turkish authorities have fired dozens of HDP mayors in recent months on charges of “terrorism” and replaced them with state officials, in the framework of the repression campaign against local councils controlled by this opposition party.

Likewise, the Prosecutor’s Office has demanded the dissolution of the party due to its alleged ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), amid the increase in operations against the group in Turkey and northern Iraq since the ceasefire was broken. fire between the Government and the armed group in July 2015.

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