May 14 2018

Erdoğan may not leave if he loses the election - pro-Kurdish party deputy

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may not abandon his seat if he loses in the June 24 presidential elections, stressing that a ‘’great struggle’’ was in sight for the people of Turkey,’ reported secular Cumhuriyet daily.

The Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place next month with Erdoğan looking to widen his powers as the polls will usher in a new presidential system narrowly approved in last year’s referendum.

‘’It appears as though these elections will drag on and not finish at the ballot boxes. A great struggle awaits our people,’’ Kürkçü said.

Various polling companies have predicted that Erdoğan is well below 50 percent support for the presidential election,which is the threshold necessary to guarantee him an easy win in the first round. A second round seems likely according to analysts.

Erdoğan on Tuesday, while addressing his party's parliamentary group, said "if the nation says 'enough' then we would step aside." Within the hour, a hashtag riffing off the president's words reached over 500,000 shares, taking the country's social media by storm: "tamam," a Turkish word meaning "enough."