MHP leader warns against provocations during presidential election process
ANKARA – Doğan News Agency
AA PhotoNationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on July 10 issued a notice, warning his supporters against provocations until the Aug. 10 presidential election.
“There is no doubt that actors are staying on alert to sabotage the presidential election process and create a crisis. The possibility of provocations on different platforms by factors controlled by the [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP, which has infiltrated us, and by dark intentions in the state, should not be disregarded,” Bahçeli said in the notice sent to the party’s provincial and local heads. “None of our friends will be a perpetrator or a provocateur in any tension, clash or conflict.”
All the works to introduce the opposition’s joint candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu will be run in kindness and patience, Bahçeli said.
The MHP leader said Turkey has been in a crisis for a long time, blaming the AKP for its politics, which have caused the country to be riled with alienation, corruption, poverty and degeneration.
“The Turkish nation has been ignored, Turkish history has been denied, the Turkish flag was pulled down, the Turkish land has been subjected to attacks by separatists,” he said, adding the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has gained positions, as well as political status with the government.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s candidacy is a scandal and a shame, Bahçeli also said, accusing him of leading the way to the division of the country.