In the midst of a serious economic crisis, President E.rdoğan announced that he wanted to be the president of Turkey again. He also commented on the rumors of an early election.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan has officially announced that he will stand again in next year’s presidential elections. “I say it here. Tayyip Erdoan is the candidate of the People’s Alliance,” Erdoan said at a rally in Izmir on Thursday, referring to the alliance between his AKP party and the right-wing conservative MHP.
Erdoan dismissed rumors that he was aiming for early elections. The presidential election is scheduled to be held on June 24, 2023, he said.
Opponent not yet known
It is still unclear what challenge Erdoan will face. The opposition CHP party is yet to nominate its top candidate. Erdoan asked CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu to get down to business on Thursday: “Announce your candidate or your candidacy,” he demanded.
Turkey is currently in a serious economic crisis, with inflation at 73.5 percent, the highest since 1998, and the Turkish lira falling in value. Critics blamed Erdoan’s unconventional economic policies for the problems. Turkey’s central bank recently left the key interest rate unchanged again, despite rampant inflation in the country. Erdoan is a declared opponent of high interest rates, which, according to popular opinion, are an effective means of fighting inflation.
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