Erdoğan cannot abolish elections, so he is invalidating his opponents – columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is invalidating his opponents with political operations since he cannot abolish the elections, columnist Ihsan Çaralan said in an article for Evrensel daily on Sunday

"Because now the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has seen that they cannot come to power with an "ordinary" and "normal" election. Since he cannot abolish the elections altogether, he wants to go to the elections by removing the opposition from being the option of power," Çaralan said.

Last week, Turkey arrested 82 people, including former parliamentary deputies, mayors and former party chairs of the Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP), as part of an investigation into the 2014 Kobani protests.

In Oct. 2014, demonstrators flooded the streets in Turkey's majority-Kurdish southeast, accusing the Turkish military of standing by as the Islamic State (ISIS) besieged Kobani, a Kurdish town just across the border in Syria. The subsequent clashes between protesters, fundamentalist groups and Turkish security forces led to the deaths of at least 37 people.

The HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan said the operation was politically motivated and revenge for the June 7, 2015 elections, where the AKP lost its supermajority in parliament and HDP grew to be the third-largest party in the country, with 80 deputies.

"This operation is a part of the strategy of repression and neutralisation against professional chambers, bar associations, women's movement, and unions that the government sees as a potential opponent as it is against all opposition parties against the one-man rule," the columnist said.

Erdoğan’s AKP suffered a major blow in 2019's local elections, after losing mayoral races in four of the five most populous provinces in Turkey, including Istanbul, the financial hub, and Ankara, the capital city.