German media is reporting that the Turkish ruling party AKP is using events organized by lobbying organizations and mosque congregations to distribute an election campaign letter from President Erdogan to Turks in Germany. According to the Die Welt report:
November 15, 2022 The Turkish ruling party AKP is distributing letters from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to citizens of Turkish origin in Germany. In the letter, obtained by WELT, that has already been handed out in mosque communities and Turkish associations since September, Erdogan calls on Turks abroad to support him in next year’s parliamentary and presidential elections. “The elections to be held next year are crucial both for crowning the 100th anniversary of our republic and for realizing the vision of 2053. I have full confidence that you will continue to support the future of our country to the best of your ability,” it reads. (…) In the letter, Erdogan looks back on the AKP’s period in government, which began in 2001. Twenty-one years ago, he writes, the party started with the “goal of a Greater Turkey.” “You, as our citizens living abroad, are an essential element of this blessed march. Wherever a citizen of ours lives, we as a state will stand by you,” the statement continues. (Translated using deepl.com)
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According to the report, the letter was distributed at events organized by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), the Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG), and the lobby organization Union of International Democrats, among others. The letter explicitly mentions the establishment of the Yunus Emre Institute and the Maarif Foundation as government achievements.