Erdogan says accusations will not stop him from sharing his thoughts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says will not ignore important debates in his country despite accusations of political interference

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he will continue to share his thoughts despite accusations made by the pro-Kurdish opposition party of political interference ahead of the June 7 general elections, which are the currently  the number one topic in Turkey.

Speaking at a meeting in Ankara on May 8, Erdogan rejected accusations that he breached Turkey’s constitution by giving political speeches and said it is “unexceptional” for him to stand up for the national interest.

A complaint was submitted by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) against Erdogan for allegedly breaking the restrictions that forbid the president from becoming involved in party politics.

Emphasising his constitutional prerogatives as an elected president, Erdogan said “I will express my thoughts and views about my country and my nation during this election at every opportunity.”

Erdogan is Turkey’s first directly elected President, and received 52 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential election.

Presiding over the country as prime minister for 12 years before becoming president in August 2014, Erdogan has been giving speeches at opening ceremonies across Turkey.

The HDP claimed that speeches by President Erdogan, the founder and former leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), breach electoral rules on presidential impartiality.

The election board rejected the HDP’s call to issue a warning to Erdogan over comments which they allege he made “as if he were the leader of the governing party.”

“I tell my thoughts and my targets for our country, our nation, not for any political party,” Erdogan said. 

Following the decision by the election board, the HDP applied to the Constitutional Court on May 8 with the same complaint.

TRTWorld and agencies