“Erdoğan’s boat will sink in 2018” – Turkish opposition spokesman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “boat will sink” in 2018, a spokesman for the main opposition party said.

Turkey is to hold local, parliamentary and presidential elections before November next year, polls that Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002, is no longer sure of winning. Opposition parties accuse Erdoğan of creeping authoritarianism and of eroding democracy and freedom of expression.

“It is for sure that Erdoğan’s boat will sink in 2018, as it has already begun to take on water,” left-wing news site Gerçek Gündem quoted Republican People's Party (CHP) vice chairman and party spokesman Bülent Tezcan as saying.

“On the other hand, we have democracy, justice and peace in our boat. We would like everyone to join this boat, because this boat represents the peaceful future of Turkey.”

The CHP will enact important structural changes, changing the tide of Turkish politics in advance of the 2019 election cycle, Tezcan said.

“We entered a year in which those who defend democracy will face and fight great problems. We will be the pioneers of this,” Tezcan said. “We have to create a political environment where people on the side of democracy will fight shoulder to shoulder. 2018 will be a year of structural transformation for us.”

According to CHP’s 2018 plan, the party will create joint work areas and platforms together with organised groups that reject what it calls the “one-man regime”.