Swedish party expels member of Turkish origin Mikail Yüksel

Swedish party expels member of Turkish origin Mikail Yüksel

STOCKHOLM – Anadolu Agency
Swedish party expels member of Turkish origin Mikail Yüksel

A Swedish politician of Turkish origin has been expelled from his party weeks before the general and local elections in Sweden.

Mikail Yüksel has been expelled from Sweden's Centre Party ahead of elections scheduled for Sept. 9, 2018.

“I have been expelled for not speaking against Turkey and on the pretext that my father is a former [central Konya province's district of] Kulu mayor of MHP [Nationalist Movement Party],” Mikail Yüksel, parliamentary candidate, told Anadolu Agency.

“A box has been set in Konya's Kulu district for the upcoming elections in Sweden. I carried out my election campaign in Kulu because many people from Kulu are on leave,” Yüksel said.

“Unfortunately, the election campaign disturbed the terror group PKK and some lobby groups against Turkey,” he said, adding that he was blamed for being a “trumpet” of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Yüksel said his party did not support him despite knowing that the claims were not true.

He said he was always forced to comment on Turkish policy even though he does not have any interest in Turkish policy.

“They produced baseless allegations against me,” Yüksel said.

He said he had not concealed his past and had shared his father's political past with his party.

“My party said there wasn't any problem and I would be a candidate,” Yüksel said.

“But unfortunately, they didn't keep their word,” he said, adding that he had documents proving that he had shared the information with his party.

Stating that the candidacy process was still ongoing, he recalled that people would vote for him unless he withdraws.

He said he was waiting for the support of Muslims and Turks in the city of Gothenburg, and he would create a new party if he is elected.