Opposition parties’ efforts to form alliances in the upcoming snap election only target President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Erdoğan has said, describing the opposition’s strategies as “traps", Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“They have mobilized all their forces only to express their animosity toward [the AKP] and myself, rather than seeking to rule Turkey. I am saying from here, with God’s will you will not succeed,” Erdoğan said on April 27 at a meeting of the AKP’s provincial heads in Ankara.
His comments came as the opposition continued talks to form alliances for the upcoming elections, after 15 lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) resigned from the party to join the İYİ (Good) Party. The move enables the İYİ Party to form a parliamentary group, which was constitutionally necessary for it to take part in the election.
“Events that have happened over the last seven or eight days have shown our people who is seeking to build traps, who is trying to stage games, and who is working for them,” Erdoğan said.
He also accused CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of “acting like a dictator” in the CHP’s strategic move to transfer its 15 lawmakers