CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that the government will change in the next elections since people will hand power to those advocating democracy. "The people are seeing that our beautiful country is not being governed properly and that we're heading downhill like a truck with no brakes. They also know that the only way to get rid of this course depends on their choice in the next elections," he said.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged President Erdoğan to remove Defense Minister Hulusi Akar from duty if a coup is suspected to be underway, as he commented on recent coup speculations. "Who could do a coup? The army could. If a coup is in question, then he should replace Hulusi Akar with someone else and prevent a coup," he said.
The votes of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) fell below 50 percent, according to a poll carried out by AREA Research. The People's Alliance formed by the AKP and the MHP were seen to be getting 45.6 percent of votes, with the AKP gathering the majority 35.8 percent. The MHP was seen to be failing to pass the 10 percent election threshold.
HDP deputy chairman Saruhan Oluç has said that rumors of a new coup attempt in Turkey are aimed to provide the ruling AKP with a story of victimization, questioning why Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is silent on the issue if there is really a threat of a coup attempt on the horizon. Main opposition CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the other hand said that the AKP initiated the rumors to "cover up its inaptitude" in governing the country.
Turkey's main opposition CHP chair Kılıçdaroğlu has urged the lawmakers to draft a new constitution replacing the current presidential system with a parliamentary system. “The backbone of the new constitution should be a new and powerful democratic parliamentary system,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, while addressing deputies during a special sitting on April 23.
Taner Akçam writes: President Erdoğan defined those who were against the donation campaign launched for coronavirus crisis as “those who do not know of their own history.” He likened his campaign to to the National Tax of 1921. In fact, it is the President himself who fell into the category of “the person who does not know of his own history.” I also have to add the main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to this category.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that more than two million workers in Turkey have lost their jobs due to measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak. "They had to start a campaign to keep people home. This current campaign has only led to one thing: unemployment," he said. "They will get unemployment wages from the unemployment fund for a short time, but there are no guarantees after that," he added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that a court "attempted" to acquit prominent businessman, human rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala with "a maneuver." "We respect all decisions of courts, but our and our people's judgement about Gezi and who supported it will never change," he said.
As the row over Gülenists' political leg continues between the government and the main opposition, President Erdoğan and CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu sued each other. Kılıçdaroğlu on Feb. 11 said that Erdoğan handed the state to Gülenists, prompting the president to file a lawsuit, demanding 500,000 Turkish Liras as compensation. The move was shortly followed by Kılıçdaroğlu also filing a lawsuit against the president.
Main opposition CHP's leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu claimed that the person who handed over the state to Fethullah Gülen and his followers is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This was a conscious and well-prepared statement. I believe Kılıçdaroğlu’s speech relieved several members of the AKP that have taken critical positions on the matter.