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Turkish President Erdogan re-elected to the post of leader of the ruling party

Such a decision was made during the sixth congress of political force
19:48, 18 August 2018

AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected to the post of leader of the ruling party. This is reported by Anadolu agency.

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected to the position of leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party, in support of the candidacy of the Turkish leader voted 1380 delegates of the 6th Congress of the party in Ankara," the report said.

During the political congress, he said that Turkey does not intend to change course because of economic pressure.

"Certain forces today threaten Turkey with economic pressure, the fall of the national currency, but no one can stop Turkey's development and prevent the achievement of its goals," Erdogan said.

Earlier Turkey had finalised preparations to create more safe areas in Syria, which would allow the return of refugees who have fled the civil war. President Tayyip Erdogan said that at his AK Party’s provincial headquarters in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, Reuters reported. A quarter of a million people had already returned to liberated areas in Syria.

“God willing soon we will have liberated more places and made more areas safe,” he said.

Erdogan said diplomatic and military efforts in Syria's Idlib province had been accelerated to avoid a "catastrophe" like those seen in other parts of Syria.

Turkey is host to 2.7 million refugees from Syria.

Turkey is carrying out an offensive in northern Syria’s Afrin region against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil.

The Afrin campaign is Turkey’s second cross-border operation during Syria’s seven-year-old civil war. The first, dubbed “Euphrates Shield”, targeted Islamic State and Kurdish fighters further east than Afrin, and was completed in early 2017.

In January 2018, the Turkish military launched an Olive Branch military operation in the SDF-controlled Afrin District and the Tell Rifaat Subdistrict. The offensive was against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), its armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG), and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions surrounding the Syrian city of Afrin. Turkey has also said that it is fighting ISIL.

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