TurkeyJanuary 11 2023, 7:55 am

Turkish MP Speaks with US Citizens About Turkish Elections

Turk­ish media is report­ing that an MP of Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s AKP par­ty has vis­it­ed the US and spo­ken with Turk­ish cit­i­zens about the Turk­ish 2023 elec­tions. Accord­ing to the Yeni Akit report:

AKP Istan­bul Deputy Hasan Turan met with Turk­ish cit­i­zens in Pater­son, New Jer­sey, which is dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed by Turks, with­in the frame­work of his con­tacts in the USA. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Turan stat­ed that they vis­it­ed Turk­ish cit­i­zens with­in the frame­work of the pro­gram car­ried out by the AKP Pres­i­den­cy of For­eign Rela­tions and that he trav­eled more than 10 thou­sand kilo­me­ters in about 10 days and met with thou­sands of cit­i­zens. Point­ing to the impor­tance of the elec­tions to be held in Turkey in 2023, Turan under­lined the impor­tance of Turk­ish cit­i­zens liv­ing abroad to go to the polls. [Trans­lat­ed by DeepL with edits]

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The arti­cle also notes that the AKP USA rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Halil Mut­lu, gave Turan a gift. Mut­lu is the for­mer co-chair of the Turk­ish-Amer­i­can Nation­al Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, a Turk­ish influ­ence group.

The Turk­ish Jus­tice and Devel­op­ment Par­ty (Turk­ish: Adalet ve Kalkın­ma Par­tisi; AKP) is the cur­rent rul­ing par­ty in Turkey led by Pres­i­dent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The par­ty was found­ed in 2001 by sev­er­al politi­cians from Islamist polit­i­cal par­ties who were banned for vio­lat­ing Turkey’s sec­u­lar order, pro­claim­ing them­selves as prac­tic­ing “con­ser­v­a­tive democ­ra­cy” and reject­ing the Islamist label. The par­ty nar­row­ly sur­vived an attempt to close it via the courts for vio­lat­ing Turkey’s sec­u­lar­ism laws for its lift­ing of a ban on head­scarves at uni­ver­si­ties. Fol­low­ing this, the AKP passed con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments weak­en­ing the inde­pen­dence of the mil­i­tary and judi­cia­ry, both of which had threat­ened the AKP in defense of sec­u­lar­ism. The AKP has close ties with the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and oper­ates abroad with rep­re­sen­ta­tive offices in Europe, notably in Bel­gium, and has announced intent to open them in oth­er west­ern countries.




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