Apr 20 2018

Erdoğan party wants to hold U.S. rallies - official

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is looking to hold electoral rallies in the U.S., broadcaster NBC said.

Deputy chairman of the AKP human rights committee, Harun Armağan, told the broadcaster that the party would seek to hold rallies in Europe and America.

Every vote counted, Armağan said, as it could be a close second round in the presidential election.

However, Erdoğan's popularity in the United States took a hit after the president's bodyguards helped pro-Turkish activists beat up protesters during his visit to Washington D.C. last May.

In getting out the vote, the party is also to open offices in seven countries to help get out the overseas vote for Jun. 24 snap elections,

The offices, in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., France, Russia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, are in addition to existing AKP offices in Brussels and Turkish Cyprus, the broadcaster said.

“In 2015, there were about 90,000 eligible Turkish voters in the U.S., Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reported, and about 1.4 million in Germany,” NBC said.