In Istanbul, the day before the presidential elections in Turkey, millions of people went to a rally in support of the opposition politician Muharram Inge from the Republican People's Party. This is reported by Hurriyet.
"You look like a poppy field. It was great in Izmir, Ankara, but in Istanbul there are 5 million people, "Inge said during his speech to the protesters.
It is noted that Inge is the main opponent of the incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On June 24, early presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in Turkey. Erdogan will run for a second term. From March 2003 to August 2014, he served as prime minister of the country.
In accordance with the changes made to the constitution of the country in 2017, the elected president must simultaneously become the head of the government.
Earlier Recep Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, compared himself with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, delivering a speech before the journalists, as TRT reported.
“There are two most experienced politicians – Putin and me. As we have served as presidents and prime ministers, me and Putin, we are in power for 15-16 years in a row,” the Turkish leader said.
Erdoğan noted that Turley established an understanding with Russia concerning the Syria issue. And the President himself has developed “special relationships with Putin.”
Turkey’s President made a similar statement during his pre-election speech in Istanbul, as Aksam reported.
“Whom of the candidates (on the presidential elections in Turkey) are recognized by the world? How many world’s leaders have they met? I am among the politicians who are present in the UN General Assembly the longest. Yes, longer than anyone – me and Putin,” Erdoğan stressed.
Early presidential and parliamentary election take place in Turkey on June 24. Erdoğan will seek a second term. He served as Turkey’s PM from March 2003 to August 2014.