The source of the current instability in Turkey was the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s nationalist leader has said while delivering a speech to a huge crowd at an election rally in Istanbul.
“Turkey is going to the polls [again]… It is clear, in the current environment and conditions, the reason for instability [in Turkey] is the AKP,” Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli said on Oct. 18, during his party’s election rally in Istanbul’s Yenikapı neighborhood, Cihan News Agency reported.
Bahçeli said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had dragged Turkey into the snap polls set for Nov. 1 this year.
“Erdoğan and Davutoğlu, whose expectations were not met in the June 7 elections, dragged Turkey into an election again,” Bahçeli said.
Bahçeli also remarked on the recent violence which has torn through the country since late July.
“Turkey has turned into bloodshed. Turkey is in trouble,” Bahçeli said.
Bahçeli said the people of Turkey were fearful and anxious, recalling the Oct. 10 twin blasts that killed at least 102 civilians and wounded hundreds of others ahead of a peace rally in the Turkish capital.
“The Oct. 10 suicide bombing disaster outside the Ankara train station was one of the bloodiest attacks in the history of the Turkish Republic. [At least] 102 [of] our citizens lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured in this attack. Our country was directed to a fear tunnel,” Bahçeli said.
Bahçeli criticized the caretaker AKP government and expressed his the anger he felt toward terrorist attacks in the country during his speech addressing supporters of his party, who waved Turkish flags and posters of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s founder, and Alpaslan Türkeş, the founder of the MHP.
“The AKP’s interim government is handicapped and blind. Our homeland has turned into a mourning tent. Turkey is surrounded by human-looking monsters,” Bahçeli said.