“We have proceeded to file a lawsuit,” Jelal Celik, a lawyer for the Republican People’s Party, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
According to the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appealed to Kemal Kilicdarogluan opposition candidate in Turkey’s presidential election, after the publication of a video suggesting that he is having an affair with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters.
“We proceeded to file a lawsuit”, wrote on Twitter yesterday Wednesday Celal Celik, a lawyer of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), which is headed by Kilicdaroglu. Celik clarified that in the lawsuit the head of the opposition is asking for almost one million Turkish liras, about 47,000 euroswhich he has pledged to donate to a fund that takes care of the education of children of dead Turkish soldiers.
Erdogan, during a major election rally on May 7 in Istanbul, showed a short video that he said showed Kilicdaroglu “in cahoots with the PKK,” an organization that Ankara and the West have labeled a terrorist organization.
In the video, the opposition candidate calls on the Turks to go “together to the polls” for the presidential elections to the sounds of his campaign song, which in the next shot members of the PKK seem to repeat clapping their hands to the beat of the song.
President Erdoğan showed Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s advertising film at the İstanbul Rally, the so-called leader of the terrorist PKK, Murat Karayılan, edited with “deep fake” technology, as well as the CHP’s election campaign film. pic.twitter.com/Hxw4I4UJVc
— Haber (@Haber) May 7, 2023
The Turkish president, who came first in the first round of the presidential election with 49.5%, publicly admitted on Monday that it was staged, although he reiterated that his opponent “is an ally of the PKK terrorist organization”, without giving further details.
“How can a man sitting in the presidential chair stoop to such a low level?” asked Kilicdaroglu, head of a six-party opposition coalition, after the video was released a week before the first round of elections, held on May 14.
Kilicdaroglu, who won 44.9% of the vote in the first round, has toughened his statements on refugees and terrorism in a bid to win over more voters.
In the first round, the opposition candidate had the support of the pro-Kurdish HDP party, which, according to Erdogan, proves that he is in favor of the PKK.
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