Erdogan sounds starting gun to sombre election campaign

Canada Global (Web News) The next election was officially set for May 14 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. He also pledged to mend the nation’s wounds after the recent earthquake.

On live national television, Erdogan signed a decree launching the election campaign for what is largely regarded as Turkey’s most important vote in post-Ottoman history.

Additionally, it appears to be the most challenging of the 69-year-old leader’s two decades in power.

Voters will have to decide between handing the keys back to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s main secular party or keeping Erdogan’s party, which has Islamic roots, in power through 2028.

Erdogan declared he will run under the “Now for Turkey” campaign theme.

Yet by forbidding music and directing candidates from his party to donate to the emergency service in charge of the earthquake recovery effort, he created a sombre atmosphere for the election season.

He declared that the election campaign will be centred on initiatives to aid earthquake victims’ wounds and make up for economic and social loss.

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