If Turkey’s opposition parties are successful in parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, they will wreck Turkey within a year, Ibrahim Karagül, editor-in chief of the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper, wrote in a column on Thursday.
Labelling the election as giving voters a choice that will, “determine Turkey’s place in both the region and the world,” Karagül suggests that Turkey’s opposition parties are puppets of a multinational project that aims, “to bring an end to this country’s strongest, most prosperous and most free periods,” and to “shrink Turkey.”
He also suggests the same multinational actors were behind both the failed coup attempt of July 2016 and 2013’s Gezi Park protests and, in addition, control the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades long insurgency against the Turkish state.
Karagül further takes aim at the opposition parties’ lack of vision. “They have nothing to say about how they are going to run this country after June 24, how they are going to bring it a step forward, and the kind of regional and global policy they are going to apply.”
Turkey’s usually divided opposition is presenting a relatively unified front in the run up to elections. Shortly after the announcement of elections in April this year, three opposition parties; the main opposition Republican People’s Party CHP, the newly formed right-wing Good Party and the Islamist Felicity Party took advantage of new electoral laws to form an alliance which threatens to deprive Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and their allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) of power.
Should Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fail to win the presidential race, and should his Justice and Development Party (AKP) fail to gain a majority in the parliamentary vote, Karagül warns that, “the thought of what we will lose, what this country will lose is terrifying. They will destroy this country and turn it into a wreck in only a year.”