Ahval News
May 29 2018

Greek opposition calls for ban on Turkish opposition rally in Thrace: Countdown to elections

Erdoğan invite to Germany revealed as fake news

Turkey’s top diplomat said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to visit Germany after snap elections on June 24, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu, but the claim was later denied by German government sources.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu related the invitation to the media at a press conference following an event marking the 25th anniversary of the racist killing of five Turkish citizens in the northwest German city of Solingen.

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Greek opposition calls for ban on Turkish opposition rally in Thrace

Greek conservative opposition party New Democracy called for a ban on a rally this week in Greece’s northeastern Thrace region by the Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce in the run-up to Turkey’s June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.

With polls predicting a closer race than in previous years since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist party came to power in 2002, Turkey’s political parties are anxious to secure the votes of the millions of Turkish voters living in Europe. But the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany – which are home to the largest Turkish populations – have banned Turkish election rallies.

“New Democracy is against shifting [Turkey’s] campaign rivalry to Thrace,” Kathimerini quoted New Democracy’s shadow defence minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos as saying.

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Erdoğan’s alliance running second place in June Turkey elections - Akşener

Meral Akşener, the leader of the Turkish nationalist opposition Good Party, said her party’s internal polling suggested President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would not win in the first round of voting in June 24 presidential elections and his party and its far-right allies were polling lower than the opposition parties in parliamentary elections the same day, independent news site T24 said .

The alliance concept, introduced in March, appeared to be intended to ensure that Erdoğan’s nationalist ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) could remain in parliament despite a party split and a loss of popularity.

The Popular Alliance, made up of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the MHP, and the far-right Great Unity Party (BBP), faces the Nation Alliance, made up of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Good Party, the Islamist Felicity Party, and the small centre-right Democratic Party.

“Our position is very good. The Nation Alliance is passing the Popular Alliance. I say this through polling results,” she said. “Mr. Erdoğan will be left to the second round.”

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Turkish nationalists want their own Disney magic

Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), in coalition with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has pledged to inspire the creation of a national animated film industry if elected in snap elections planned for June 24.

“In order to prevent children becoming influenced by foreign cultures through computer games, a national computer game-writing industry and national animated film industry must be incentivised,” the party’s manifesto said.

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Turkey’s ruling party trying to suppress the Kurdish vote in June 24 polls - HDP co-chair

The co-chair of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party said on Tuesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party was doing its utmost to ensure her opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) does not get the 10 percent of the national vote it needs to take up seats in parliament in June 24 elections, the secular Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

With 11 of its members of parliament and thousands of its activists jailed as part of a wide-ranging government crackdown on dissent, the HDP, which received more 13 percent of the vote in 2015 general elections, runs the risk of falling short of Turkey’s 10 percent election threshold.

Erdoğan’s conservative Islamist party, which traditionally comes second in the mainly Kurdish southeast, would likely gain an extra 30 seats if the HDP did not overcome the threshold, one of the highest in the world.

“They fear Demirtaş and the fear the HDP. They are keeping Demirtaş hostage because they fear him,” Buldan told an election rally in the Aegean province of Manisa.

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