MHP head slams Turkish president on his bias in elections
KAHRAMANMARAŞ – Doğan News Agency
CİHAN PhotoThe Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli said on June 3 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had de facto stepped down from his presidency seat and was not a man of president post, harshly criticizing Erdoğan for his one-sided stance in the upcoming general elections.
“He eyes the presidency and holds a rally a day. He is getting furious as June 7 draws close. He has actually walked off this post and is not worthy of it. His attitude and temperament would not be ideal for presidency,” said Bahçeli at his party’s election rally in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş June 3.
Bahçeli said Erdoğan appeared in rallies delivering provocative speeches in what Bahçeli called supportive action to compensate the incompetence of the prime minister and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) head, Ahmet Davutoğlu, in waging his party’s election campaign.
He added that June 7 would be the last day of the AKP in power.
“The Turkish president falls out with his or her former political party once elected,” Bahçeli said, spelling out item No. 101 of the Turkish constitution.
“The incumbent swears in as the Turkish president vowing to protect the honor and dignity of the Turkish Republic as well as do his duty neutrally,” he added recalling item No. 103 of the constitution.
“He [Erdoğan] crosses the red lines drawn by the constitution and acts in a one-sided manner, betraying the country. He is at the deepest point in politics... He lies to us and insults us every day,“ Bahçeli said.