Be it via movies or statements, ringleaders of the PKK terrorist group within the Qandil Mountains are publicly searching for votes for Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu who stays shameless about banking on terrorists, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mentioned on Tuesday as he lashed out at his principal challenger forward of the presidential face-off this Sunday.
With days left till the crucial vote, a controversial video has sparked one other spat between the 2 leaders. The footage that includes Kılıçdaroğlu with PKK ringleaders in Qandil, a northern Iraqi area dwelling to the group’s stronghold from the place it plans and launches assaults on Türkiye, in addition to close by cities and cities, appeared in Erdoğan’s marketing campaign movies however it was later revealed to have been closely edited from two separate movies.
Kılıçdaroğlu, the chief of the Republican Folks’s Occasion (CHP) and joint contender of a six-party opposition bloc, has condemned the video and Erdoğan for “utilizing faux footage” in his marketing campaign however Erdoğan didn’t backtrack.
“The video is the product of a few witty youths however the message is obvious,” he mentioned at a rally within the central Sivas province on Tuesday.
“The terrorists proceed their assist to Kılıçdaroğlu. They’re brazenly asking for votes for him and nobody of their alliance has ever been ashamed of it, whereas PKK ringleaders referred to as for bloodshed and revenge,” Erdoğan mentioned.
“However every part they’ve been making an attempt to cowl up has now been uncovered. It doesn’t matter what they do, they can not disguise their collusion with divisive terrorists to imagine energy and achieve seats. The offers they struck with terror teams inspired by the imperialists they depend on won’t do them any good,” Erdoğan mentioned.
For months resulting in Might 14’s presidential and parliamentary elections, the PKK has been vocal in its eagerness to see Erdoğan and his Justice and Growth Occasion (AK Occasion) “gone.”
A number of so-called senior members have expressed open assist for Kılıçdaroğlu, and championed him in “ending the AK Occasion fascism.”
Furthermore, the group’s propaganda community, in addition to the Peoples’ Democratic Occasion (HDP), which is extensively recognized for its alleged hyperlinks to the PKK, labored tirelessly calling for assist to Kılıçdaroğlu and vowing to free HDP chief Selahattin Demirtaş and PKK ringleader Abdullah Öcalan, each dealing with terrorism fees of varied levels.
Their alliance has since sparked fury from CHP and AK Occasion supporters alike.
Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın too dismissed the opposition’s remarks over the debated video. “PKK ringleaders have movies brazenly endorsing Kılıçdaroğlu’s candidacy. We didn’t movie these. This assist has been ongoing for months. Why wasn’t the CHP delicate over this earlier than?” Kalın mentioned.
“President Erdoğan rightfully desires to know whether or not Kılıçdaroğlu is taking a transparent stance in opposition to terrorism or not. Kılıçdaroğlu says he’s however doesn’t the HDP’s perspective on this problem make issues apparent?” he requested.
Kalın argued that the weather introduced collectively within the video have been “actual” and the query that should be requested is, “Did the PKK cadres problem these statements or not?”
Facet by facet with Azerbaijan
Addressing the lots in Sivas, Erdoğan additional slammed Kılıçdaroğlu over plans for a “Turkic Silk Street” that may join Türkiye to China via Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and non-Turkic Iran, excluding Azerbaijan.
Mentioning to his administration’s ongoing tasks to attach a high-speed railway from central Türkiye to the Baku-Tbilisi route, Erdoğan declared, “We are going to launch a globally strategic windpipe with this route referred to as the Iron Silk Street.”
The mentioned railway will allow somebody setting out from London to journey “all the best way to Beijing via our nation,” Erdoğan mentioned. “We are going to accomplish this not by bypassing our brother nation Azerbaijan just like the CHP chief however facet by facet with our Azerbaijani brothers and sisters.”
Much like how Türkiye helped Azerbaijan liberate its Karabakh area from three many years of unlawful Armenian occupation and reworked itself into an power hub straddling the east and the west, Türkiye can even bolster its transport infrastructure with Azerbaijan, Erdoğan elucidated.
“We are going to obtain this regardless of the CHP chair who overlooks Karabakh and the Zangezur Hall simply to look cute for sure individuals,” he mentioned.
Zangezur was a part of Azerbaijan, however within the Twenties the Soviets gave the territory to Armenia, severing Azerbaijan’s hyperlink with the Nakhchivan area. Through the first Karabakh Warfare in 1992, the railways Azerbaijan constructed within the area have been rendered unusable.