“I will be president and make Erdoğan my deputy”, small Turkish party leader says

The leader of the small Turkish left-wing nationalist Patriotic Party, Doğu Perinçek, said he will stand as a candidate in the next presidential election due before November next year, news site Haberdar said.

Once elected, Perinçek said he would invite President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other opposition party leaders to work with him.                                                         

“When I win the election I will say to Tayyip Erdoğan, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Devlet Bahçeli ‘Come and let us run Turkey together’ and I will appoint them as deputy presidents,” he said.

“Whoever reassures the nation that they will achieve success in this war for the nation will be in government. Everyone will see that the Patriotic Party represents the mind of the state.”

The Patriotic Party achieved 0.25 percent of the vote at the November 2015 general election.

Perinçek also called on Turkey to work together with Syrian President Bashar Assad to reunite Syria.

“When the two countries work together, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will immediately fly the flag of surrender,” he said. “Turkey must say that it does not accept a federation (in Syria) and that the U.S. must immediately leave the region.”