Jun 12 2018

Syrian regime was planning to interfere in Turkish elections – news agency

Qasioun News, a Syrian news agency run by exiles in Turkey, has published a document it says demonstrates that the Syrian and Iranian regimes were preparing to interfere in the 2019 elections to damage President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chances of retaining his position.

The document, which is said to have originated from Syrian air force intelligence, included an analysis of the state of the opposition and a recommendation that the government support the Good Party in order to weaken Erdoğan’s coalition with the rival Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and encourage the opposition to unite under a single candidate for the presidential race.

In addition, it said that Iran would support the Felicity Party among Kurds in the southeast in order to pull religious voters there away from Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

It is not known whether any of these plans were put into action, as Erdoğan called the elections a year early, for June 24, 2018.