AKP era is over so let’s have snap election – Turkey’s main opposition MP

Turkey should hold a snap election as the era of the ruling AK Party (AKP) is over – Gursel Tekin, Istanbul MP from the main opposition secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said.

Speaking to Basak Kaya from the opposition daily Sozcu, Tekin stated that he agrees with former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s criticism who stated when resigning from the AKP that the party has lost its capacity to create solutions for Turkey’s problems.

Having quit his post in May 2016 after being sidelined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the aftermath of a snap election, Davutoglu is now expected to announce his own party to challenge the AKP in the near future.

“Everbody needs to understand this. The AKP era is over. We are already late to discuss how this new era should be established,” the CHP MP argued.

“The people [of Turkey] will solve the problems. How will they do it? The answer is the ballot box. There’s no other option. The people will elect a government that fits them and that government will start to work,” he said. “A storm has arrived. The captain doesn’t know what to do. Turkey is being dragged towards a cliff. The way to turn things around is going to be the ballot box. A snap election should be held,” Tekin outlined.

The lawmaker’s comments came a few weeks after Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition CHP, indicated that they will not call for a snap election as they do not think it is right to hold it in a period of an economic downturn in Turkey.

“The ruling party says they will solve this problem [in Turkey’s economy]. We should give them some time. Let’s see whether they would be able to end this crisis or not. The citizens should witness this [period of AKP],” Kilicdaroglu highlighted.

According to a recent opinion poll conducted between September 1 and 7 by the Avrasya Public Research Center (AKAM), a Turkish polling company, the CHP would take first place in a possible general election.

Corruption, waste, economic crisis, the refugee problem, and unemployment are among the factors listed by the AKAM’s chairman Kemal Ozkiraz as having caused the AKP’s loss of votes.

Ozkiraz held forth that any move by the governing AKP so far could not stop that loss.

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