Today, Saturday, Turkish political alliances continue their popular gatherings in various states in preparation for the parliamentary and presidential elections that will be held tomorrow, Sunday, just hours before entering the electoral silence period in which electoral propaganda is prohibited this evening.
The Turkish President and the candidate of the Public Alliance, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had called during an election rally on Friday in Istanbul for wide participation in the elections, while the candidate of the Nation Alliance and the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kamal Kilicdaroglu – during a gathering in the city of Samsun – confirmed his economic promises to support farmers and what he called productive economy.
The head of the Good Party, Meral Aksener, and the mayor of Ankara, Mansur Yavas, participated in an election event organized by the People’s Alliance in Yozgat.
The White House praised what it described as “the traditions and institutions of democratic Turkey” with regard to the presidential and parliamentary elections, and the Strategic Communications Coordinator of the National Security Council at the White House, John Kirby, said – during a press conference – that Turkey has democratic traditions and institutions.
He added, “The White House generally refrains from commenting on the elections or any candidate in them,” stressing that “the Turkish people are the decision-makers.”
Erdogan warned his supporters – during a rally in Istanbul on Friday – that they might pay a “heavy price” if his secular rival came to power.
“Don’t forget, you may pay a heavy price if we lose,” he said, addressing his supporters who waved Turkish flags.
He also considered that Western governments use the opposition to impose their vision on Turkish society, sending a message to the West by saying, “O West, my nation is the one who decides.”