Turkish interior minister likens May 14 elections to 2016 attempted coup
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in a speech on Friday likened the upcoming general election on May 14 to a coup attempt, Turkish media reported.
In a speech made at a science and culture association in Istanbul, Soylu said the elections were similar to an abortive putsch that took place on July 15, 2016 and described it as “another coup attempt.”
“July 15 was an attempted coup, and May 14 is a political coup attempt. It’s very clear that the West is part of this coup. They [the West and its allies in Turkey] want to leave Turkey powerless and take over the country,” he said.
Soylu called on everyone to cast their votes in the upcoming elections in favor of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and mobilize people around them to do the same. He reiterated his words in a tweet, saying the elections were a coup attempt against the government.
Soylu’s speech sparked outrage among journalists and opposition members, who said he was trying to incite fear among the public.
Source:Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF)