May 09 2018

Left-nationalist Perinçek gets on presidential ballot

A former Maoist who runs a small left-nationalist political party has succeeded in gaining 110,000 nominations and obtaining a place in the race for the Turkish presidency, secularist newspaper Sözcü said.

Doğu Perinçek becomes the sixth and final candidate for the Turkish presidency, facing incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the nationalist Good Party head Meral Akşener, the secularist Republican People’s Party candidate Muharrem İnce, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate Selahattin Demirtaş and the Islamist Felicity Party head Temel Karamollaoğlu.

His Patriotic Party is staunchly secular but anti-American and pro-Eurasian, which has gained the party popularity in certain sections of the military.

Perinçek, who has authored over 40 books, was in 2007 the first person to be convicted under a Swiss law against the denial of the Armenian genocide on the basis of a speech he had made in the country two years before.

Patriotic Party chair Utku Reyhan thanked the nation and the party organisers for bringing out the vote and getting their candidate on the ballot.…