Turkish Parties Rally Ahead of Sunday’s Election
The contest is a redo of a June election in which the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, lost its majority after 13 years of single-party rule.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for new elections after his appointed prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, failed to form a coalition with any of the three opposition parties represented in parliament.
The ballot comes amid ever increasing instability in neighboring Syria and Iraq and as Turkey grapples with more than 2 million refugees, though the latter hasn’t been much of an issue.
As he sought a rebound, Davutoglu campaigned in his home city of Konya on Friday. With the country gripped by violence, he emphasized security at home.
“We will one by one defeat the terror and the negative reflection of the conflict in the region,” he said.
Supporters chanted “Alone!” in support of the party ruling without a coalition partner.
“This is a vote on Turkey’s future,” Davutoglu said. “It’s almost a referendum. You will decide on whether Turkey will continue to rise.”