The 24 million Turkish citizens who voted against the constitutional changes have scored a “democratic victory” even though they failed to halt the government’s project, the main opposition leader has said, warning that Turkey will be ungovernable with the constitution. “Despite all the bureaucratic pressure of the state, despite all the state’s financial and bureaucratic resources [used by the government] and despite the ongoing state of emergency, the naysayers claimed a victory for democracy, no matter what they say”, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said in a phone interview with daily Hürriyet on April 17.
Claims that the constitutional change shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system will introduce one-man rule are “delusional”, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said. “This accusation is a fallacy, a delusion that arises from having nothing to say to the public”, Erdoğan said in a speech in the capital Ankara on March 23, addressing words from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. “Let’s assume that the president goes astray and tries [to establish] one-man rule. Before all, the nation will come down on him. We will be asked to give an account by two: The people and God”, Erdoğan said.
The European Union should not punish Turkey’s 80 million people with its actions against the country’s government, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, commenting on a European Parliament vote on Nov. 24 to temporarily freeze accession talks with Ankara.
The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has become a national security issue, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Secretary-General Abdülhamit Gül has said, claiming that Kılıçdaroğlu was acting with those who “support terror.”