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Aylin Kotil’s walk to protest the election threshold entered its fourth day on July 11. DHA photo

Aylin Kotil’s walk to protest the election threshold entered its fourth day on July 11. DHA photo

Aylin Kotil’s walk to protest the election threshold entered its fourth day on July 11, with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy arriving in the northwestern city of İzmit.

Kotil, dubbed the “walking woman,” said she had experienced no health problems so far on the road. Her plan means that she has to walk a total of about 24 kilometers every day.

“I walk about 14 kilometers, then rest for an hour or an hour and a half, and then walk about five more kilometers. I walk around 24 kilometers every day, and hope to finish the march in 21 days,” Kotil told Anadolu Agency.

Kotil hopes to speak to party leaders when she arrives at her destination, Ankara, to serve petitions to all leaders regarding the election threshold in the country.

“I read the stuff they say on Twitter, and it makes me so energetic. When I get tired, or take a break, I read all the messages, and I feel great again,” Kotil said.

Kotil is being accompanied by a group of five people for her logistical needs. She set out for Ankara on foot from Istanbul on July 8.

July/11/2013

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