Mar 13 2019

Turkey’s real problem is five-lettered names, says far-right Bahçeli

Turkey’s real problem is that Turkish opposition leaders with 5-lettered first names have formed an alliance for the upcoming local elections on March 31, said Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of far-right National Movement Party (MHP) and ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, T24 news site reported on Wednesday.

Since the start of the election campaign, Bahçeli has been saying that Turkey will face a survival problem if the alliance between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the MHP make significant losses in the local elections.

“We talk about Turkey’s survival problem, but the real problem has become obvious; Kemal, Meral, Temel,” T24 quoted Bahçeli as saying.

The far-right leader was referring to the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the nationalist Good Party, Meral Akşener, and the leader of the Islamist Felicity Party, Temel Karamollaoğlu.

“All draw attention as meaningful names, all made up of five letters, that are in alliance,” Bahçeli said, referring to the election alliance between opposition parties.