Kılıçdaroğlu: I send the Syrians to their country within two years
The Turkish opposition candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, said that he would send Syrian refugees home within two years, if he was elected president next May.
Kılıçdaroğlu said in an election speech in the state of Eskisehir: “What are 3 million Syrians doing in our country? Our children cannot find jobs!”
He pointed out that he would work for their return to their country within two years, and that Turkey would build roads and schools for them with funding from the European Union.
He addressed the supporters of the Justice and Development Party AKP and the nationalist movement, saying, “Why are our borders not being protected?”
And last March, Türkiye’s opposition leaders ended months of heated debate by agreeing to nominate the leader of the main secular party to face President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming elections.
The agreement, aimed at avoiding distracting opposition voices, provides for the nomination of Republican People’s Party CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, hoping to end Erdogan’s two-decade rule.
“We would have killed ourselves if we were divided,” Kılıçdaroğlu told a large crowd of supporters after hours of tense talks between opposition parties ended.
He continued, “We’ll work together to consolidate the power of morality and justice, and we as the nation’s alliance, will lead Türkiye on the basis of consultation and compromise”.
The 74-year-old opposition leader, who hails from the Alawite minority, stressed that law and justice will prevail.
At his party’s headquarters, amidst cheers of support, Kılıçdaroğlu said, and the mayors of Istanbul and Ankara, Ekrem İmamoğlu and Mansur Yavaş, who belong to the Republican People’s Party CHP, stood by him: “We’ll return to the people what was stolen from them… I am not the candidate, the candidate is all of us”.
On the other hand, the electoral program of the Turkish Justice and Development Party AKP, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, showed that the party aims to reduce Turkish inflation to a single digit, while continuing to give priority to budget control.
The program, related to the elections scheduled for May 14, which was issued in conjunction with a speech in which Erdogan announced the launch of the party’s election campaign, stated that the party aims to achieve annual economic growth of 5.5% between 2024 and 2028, and raise the gross domestic product to $ 1.5 trillion by the end of 2028.