Mar 01 2019

AKP Ankara mayoral candidate accuses rival party of backing leftist terrorists

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s mayoral candidate for Ankara, Mehmet Özhaseki, has accused his rival’s party of plotting to fill the ranks of the municipality with leftists and terrorists, Duvar reported.

Özhaseki was speaking at a campaign rally ahead of local elections on March 31 in Turkey. Some polls show Özhaseki trailing Mansur Yavaş of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the race for the capital city, which the AKP has held since 2003.

Özhaseki said the CHP would install members from two leftist outlawed parties, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Democratic People’s Liberation Party/Front, organisations labeled as terrorist groups by Turkey and the United States.

“Those militants are going to be in people’s parks,” he said. “God forbid, just think for a moment if the water bill collector visiting your home was a militant.”

Yavaş led Özhaseki 41.7 percent to 35.7 percent in a poll conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 by PIAR.

Yavaş has the support of the conservative Good Party in the election, after it entered into an electoral alliance with the CHP.