Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu: “Our relations with the Arabs have soured”

kkkkkThe main secularist opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, campaigning in his party’s stronghold, Izmir, promised to restore Turkey’s relations with neighbors and the Arab world.

“Our relations with the Arabs have soured, our ties with Egypt have soured, our ties with Libya have soured. We are quarrelling with Syria,” Kilicdaroglu said. “They say ‘Our exports have dropped.’ Well you haven’t left us with any neighbors. They say ‘Tourists don’t come.’ Why would they come?”

The election comes amid a breakdown in the once hopeful peace process between the government and Kurdish militants.

Campaigning on Friday in Istanbul, Selahattin Demirtas of the main Kurdish HDP party cast the election as a referendum on Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for the last 13 years.

“Our country is now at a crossroads,” he said. “Turkey will head toward a one-man system and oppressive dictatorial regime or it will head toward a road that heads to democracy.”

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