The Times published an article written by Louise Callahan, in which she dealt with the speech of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rival in the presidential elections, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in preparation for the run-off.
Kılıçdaroğlu abandoned the father figure that he used to appear in in order to attract the undecided votes in the second round of the presidential elections.
The author adds that the follower of the popular gatherings in which Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu appeared believes that he has changed his personality completely, as he has abandoned the image of the father who talks about a return to democracy and pluralism, while he draws the heart logo with his fingers in front of his supporters.
After his lagging behind President Erdoğan in the first round of the elections, he completely changed his rhetoric and turned into an extremist nationalist, talking about deporting Syrian refugees and sending them to their country.
While these goals implied in the rhetoric of protection, they are now unambiguous.
Kılıçdaroğlu addressed Erdoğan, saying, “I deliberately brought more than 10 million refugees into the country… I’ll send them all back to their countries”.
However, there are not 10 million refugees in Türkiye, as the United Nations says that their number is less than four million, most of whom are Syrians, and the rest are of other nationalities, most of whom are Afghans.
Kılıçdaroğlu speech is evidence that he is ready to do anything to win the votes of the hardline nationalists.
For this reason, he abandoned the character of the good man, and he and Erdoğan met with the leaders of the nationalist movement, but many of his supporters believe that it is too late.
The author says that Kılıçdaroğlu may have been a victim of his Alevi identity, which represents 20% of the population, and is known for its Shiite faith.
Everyone in the country is a Sunni, so why do they elect an Alawite as their president?
The Turks nationalists alienated him because of his weak personality and his alliance with the Kurdish party led by Selahattin Demirtaş, who is in prison.
The Turks link this party to the separatists of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara classifies as a terrorist organization.
This is what Erdoğan exploited in his campaign, accusing the opposition in his speeches of terrorism and serving the interests of Western countries.
However, he is also facing a problem, as he has received 3.6 million Syrian refugees and his party is defending their stay in the country, because they are Muslim brothers, while the nationalists see their deportation from the country.