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Opposition candidate responsible for Suruç violence - Turkish Interior Minister

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has accused main opposition presidential candidate Muharrem İnce of being responsible for an incident of political violence in a majority-Kurdish town in Turkey’s southeast.

“I am telling you loud and clear. The cause and reason for the incident in Suruç in Şanlıurfa was Muharrem İnce,” Soylu told press during a visit to an Istanbul district party headquarters.

“It was Muharrem İnce whose mentality gave them this impertinence and which steered them from their political roots towards violence.”

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Turkish Salafi groups issue letter of support for Erdoğan

A group of 14 Salafi organisations have issued a statement in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in upcoming June 24 elections despite disapproving of democracy.

“As Sunnis in the Salafi path, we inform the public that we support the president and his present government with the opinion that they are better than their peers on the basis of what they have done so far,” the statement said.

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Fraud a fear in upcoming Turkish elections – think-tank

Should Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan begin to lose his confidence over upcoming elections on June 24, there is ample reason to fear fraud, according to a new three-part report by the Washington, DC-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

“In the case of a blatantly fraudulent election, the political fallout would largely differ from that of a more legitimate win in relation to the opposition’s reaction,” report authors Nicholas Danforth and Jessica Michek said.

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Dutch minister criticises Erdoğan campaign in the Netherlands

A Dutch minister has called it ‘inappropriate’ that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had sent letters to every Turkish citizen in the Netherlands in advance of June 24 elections, BBC Turkish said .

“The future of Dutch Turks is in Holland,” Social Affairs and Employment Minister Wouter Koolmees said.

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