Turkey, opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Opposition announces mobilisations to ask for early elections

Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu says that President Erdoğan is no longer capable of leading the country.

The leader of the main opposition party in Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, announced today mobilisations in the streets to call for early elections as soon as possible in the country, ensuring that he will do everything necessary to achieve an electoral advance in the face of the deterioration of the economic situation, with soaring inflation and a Turkish lira that has lost up to 12% of its value in recent days.

“I will respect it if the people vote for you again. But you are afraid to go to the polls, and you should not flee from the popular will. I will remove heaven and earth to force you and your partners into early elections,” said Kılıçdaroğlu, chairman of the CHP (Republican People’s Party), in statements made today to the Turkish daily Hürriyet, thus addressing Erdoğan’s party (the conservative AKP) and his nationalist allies of the MHP.

Reiterating his criticism of the government for the depreciation of the national currency and the general deterioration of the economic situation in Turkey, the CHP leader assured that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan is no longer able to lead the country. “They speak of foreign powers or economic models… What foreign powers? Who are they referring to? Say it openly. He (Erdoğan) thinks that he can deceive the people, but people don’t buy this anymore,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Referring precisely to the MHP, the opposition leader pointed out that those who are not capable of protecting the lira cannot be considered as nationalists, promising that when it comes to power, the CHP will protect the disadvantaged classes and those who suffer the consequences of the economic problems.

Erdoğan and Turkey’s “war of economic independence”

These remarks come after Erdoğan declared in a speech on Monday, following a meeting of the cabinet of ministers at the Ankara presidential palace, that Turkey will succeed in what he defined as a “war of economic independence” against “foreign powers,” insisting once again on the idea that a high interest monetary policy will not serve to contain inflation, something that contradicts the thesis of most economists.

“I reject policies that belittle our country, that weaken it, that condemn our people to unemployment, hunger and poverty,” insisted the Turkish president, who is often accused of pressuring the Central Bank to prevent it from adopting a tighter monetary policy, which Erdoğan opposes because it would hurt the growth of the Turkish economy.

On Tuesday, Erdoğan also rejected the idea of ​​advancing the elections, something he called “primitive”, stressing that the presidential and parliamentary elections will take place in 2023, as planned.

But the opposition leader accuses Erdoğan and his government, and the Central Bank itself, of driving Turkey into economic chaos and turning the country into a kind of cheap labor factory, and announced mobilisations to demand elections to be anticipated. “Our first public demonstration to make the people will heard, will be in Mersin,” said Kılıçdaroğlu, announcing as date the 4th of December.