Turkey’s nationalist opposition Good Party (lYI Parti) leader, Meral Aksener, lashed out at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking how he can label 17 million opposition voters as terrorists.
Erdogan called the CHP ally with pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Islamist Felicity Party (SP) and Nationalist Good Party (lYI), an “alliance of dishonour” during his speech in the southwestern province of Denizli on Friday, Evrensel daily reported. The Turkish President claimed that CHP secretly collaborates with the armed Kurdish organization PKK and the Gulen movement.
Erdogan’s “alliance of dishonour” remarks angered the opposition, causing Aksener to lambaste Erdogan for embracing 26,5 million voters who vote AKP alliance, but call all other voters terrorists.
Aksener, in her election address in Istanbul, together with main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul metropolitan mayoral Candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, questioned how Erdogan could call 17 million Turkish Republic citizens terrorists and traitors just because they don’t vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party. CHP and lYI are election allies for the upcoming local election on 31 March, therefore, Aksener and Imamoglu were introducing the joint candidates, Istanbul’s Buyukcekmece district mayor, and council member candidates.
In her speech, Aksener warned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to face important issues. “CHP received 11 million votes and IYI 5 million. Together with other opposition parties, the total opposition alliance has 17 million votes. Mr. Erdogan, how can you say all opposition voters are terrorists? How can you describe the opposition alliance ‘a dishonour’ when it is formed by the demand of 17 million people?”
Aksener harshly criticized AKP’s election alliance with nationalist MHP as Erdogan and the nationalist leader, Devlet Bahceli, insulted each other many times in the past over the 17-25 investigations which exposed the corruption of Erdogan’s inner circle. Aksener also said that the Turkish economy is in a terrible state as the government fails to reduce food prices, appoint teachers, increase the salaries of government servants and help business people.
Iyi Party was formed by MHP dissidents following the 2017 Turkish constitutional referendum as Bahceli called his party to votes “yes” for Erdogan’s presidency. Aksener opposed Erdogan’s presidency as she was lYI party’s 2018 presidential candidate. Bahceli also refused to nominate Aksener for another term as Deputy Speaker of the Grand National Assembly after the June 2015 general election, a post-Aksener held since 2007.