One of the most important news of the day in Turkey, which many countries in the region pay special attention to, is the election news of this country.
At 24:00 on the 10th of December, the current president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced his candidacy for the June 2022 presidential election for the last time.
According to the official announcement of news agencies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his speech that with the unity of the Turkish people, he can win the upcoming elections. He added that as the Justice and Development Party, we want to continue our journey to serve the country by restoring the nation’s trust.
The President of Turkey in Mersin Province asked the members of the Justice and Development Party to make more efforts in the upcoming election campaigns and inform the people about the plans of this party.
Erdogan continued his speech and added that while the leaders of his opposition parties are wandering, the Justice and Development Party is traveling from east to west and from north to south of Turkey. The President of Turkey continued his speech by saying that the rivals are trying to return to the dark days of the past by using slander and destruction tricks, and have entered the election campaign without any specific plan.
Erdoğan further claimed that the competitors do not fulfill their promises and commitments in any way, he further added that these people do not have the skills to properly run municipalities, let alone run the country.
Erdogan’s speech intensified recent speculations about the elimination of his electoral rival, Akram Imamoglu. It is said that with the increasing possibility of the candidacy of Akram Imamoglu, the opposition mayor of Istanbul, the process of his trial was resumed.
Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a long way to eliminate his rivals through the Turkish judicial system, the resumption of his trial in the current election conditions has increased the debate and speculation about the role of the presidency in this process.
If we want to provide examples similar to this issue, the political service of the Turkish judicial system in the cancellation of the law on political immunity of parliamentarians by the majority of the AK Party and after that, the summoning of the representatives of the Kurdish Democratic People’s Party to the court and expulsion from the parliament, including the service of the judicial system Turkey to Erdogan to eliminate competitors.
Another example of the judicial system serving the ruling party can be seen during the murder of Jamal Qashqchi, where Turkey was able to improve its relations with Saudi Arabia by canceling the trial of Qashqchi’s murder and sending the accused to Saudi Arabia. Now, just before the presidential election, Erdogan’s main rival has been sentenced to prison.
In the previous session of Akram Imamoglu’s court, which was held in November, the prosecutor demanded that the mayor of Istanbul be sentenced to 15 months to 4 years in prison. Akram Imamoglu has been accused of insulting the members of the Supreme Election Council of Turkey.
Akram Imamoglu, a rising star in the Turkish political scene, won the Istanbul City Hall in 2019 after 25 years of ruling the ruling party (Justice and Development). The election of Imamoglu as the mayor of Istanbul was extremely unpleasant for the ruling party, therefore, by not accepting the results of the election, it started holding re-elections, but again Akram Imamoglu won the election and after a few months of the Istanbul municipal elections, Akram Imamoglu called the people who annulled the elections idiots, and this issue led to a complaint against him.
According to the mentioned material, it can be seen that the course of Turkish elections and the trial of Akram Imamoglu has become a hot topic in Turkey, so that a member of the Republican People’s Party of Turkey and a serious opponent of Erdogan regaining power He called Imamoglu’s trial political.
Now on December 24, according to the latest news, the Turkish court sentenced Erdogan’s rival to prison, and we have to sit and wait for the next events during the Turkish elections.
On the other hand, the coalition of opposition parties has not yet reached a common candidate in the leading election. The opposition coalition consisting of 6 parties, including the Social Democratic Party of Turkey, has not yet been able to name a common candidate for the presidential election that will be held in 6 months.
In his latest speech last week, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Turkey’s six opposition parties foreign mercenaries and called for a referendum to make the country more Islamic regarding hijab laws and against homosexuals.
Erdogan has been at the head of the government of Turkey for almost 20 years, he was elected as the prime minister of Turkey in 2003 and has been the president of this country since 2014, and this period is the last time he ran for the presidency of Turkey.
Now we have to wait and check the next events and news of Turkish elections.