Opposition leaders say AKP unable govern Turkey, call for snap elections

Turkey’s opposition leaders on Wednesday accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of failing to govern the country and called for a snap election ahead of the polls scheduled for 2023.

The AKP is unable to find solutions to Turkey’s growing and intensifying problems, T24 news website cited main opposition secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as saying during a joint press conference with centre-right nationalist Good Party (İYİP) leader Meral Akşener following a meeting between the pair.

“The fact that a party which has ruled Turkey for 18 years has become hostage to a small party, shows that Turkey is not being governed,” Kılıçdaroğlu said referring to the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), AKP’s junior coalition partner.

A row between Kılıçdaroğlu and a MHP-linked infamous mob boss made headlines last week, when organised crime leader Alaattin Çakıcı openly threatened the CHP leader. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to comment on the matter.

Akşener said Erdoğan was coddling MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli to prevent a snap election.

The İYİP leader pointed to a lack of “accountability, justice, rule of law and democracy in the country,” which all result in a “lack of confidence in the economy.”

“In a world where countries in the same situation as us are borrowing money with 0.75 percent, we are unable to find money at six percent interest and chasing 7.5 percent,” Akşener said.

“All of this leads us to want an early election for ease of citizens,” she added.

The AKP administration is accused of a series of economic missteps, which include keeping interest rates below inflation and forcing banks to flood the economy with cheap loans.

Meanwhile, the Turkish lira has slumped to successive record lows against the dollar this year, losing about a quarter of its value.

“It is true that Turkey is experiencing a serious weakness, both domestically and abroad,” Kılıçdaroğlu said. “Turkey must make it out of its current situation.”