Apr 21 2018

Germany bans Turkish presidential campaigning

The German government has clarified that Turkish politicians will not be allowed to campaign in the country in the run-up to snap parliamentary and presidential elections, Chinese news agency Xinhua said.

It quoted the German foreign ministry as saying that all foreign officials needed to obtain the permission of the federal government before campaigning in Germany.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that Turkey would be going to the polls on Jun. 24.

“As a matter of principle, no approval is granted within three months of the date of the election or referendum,” spokesman Rainer Breul said.

The ruling, he confirmed, applied to all countries with diplomatic representations in Germany but excluded fellow members of the European Union (EU).

Federal government spokesman Steffen Seibert said to Germany’s knowledge, Erdoğan had no plans to visit.

Germany’s announcement, which echoes that of Austria on Friday, was made after Turkey’s ruling party announced that it would seek permission for rallies in Europe and America.