Dec 30 2017

Former President Gül plans to run against Erdoğan – conservative columnist

Turkey’s former President Abdullah Gül is planning to run in the 2019 elections against current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the support of opposition, a columnist for the conservative Turkish newspaper Akit said.

Abdurrahman Dilipak, a staunchly pro-Erdoğan columnist, said Gül had been conspiring against Erdoğan, together with the United States and ‘FETÖ’ — ‘Fethullah Terror Organisation,’ a name given by Turkey to the followers of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Gülenists were former allies of Erdoğan’s ruling AKP, but when Erdoğan stood against the “greater Middle East project” of the U.S., they tried to topple him in a coup attempt in July 2016, Dilipak said.

Now those who want the status quo, with Turkey playing along with the U.S. and Europe, are organising around Gül, Dilipak said, trying to divide the public support for the AKP and gather the opposition behind Gül.

“He has no grassroot support, and no ideological base” Dilipak said of Gül, but if it is considered a success to take Erdoğan down and damage Turkey, Gül can do it.

 

Read the original column here.