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How the British BBC deciphers Erdogan’s opponent

The former civil servant who wants to oust Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s formidable opponent in Turkey’s May 14 presidential election, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, attempts to decipher the British BBC.

It begins with the discovery that this is a former civil servant who loves to make the heart sign with his hands and is so calm to the point that he irritates his colleagues.

Kilicdaroglu heads a six-party coalition and has a narrow lead in the polls over Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Young people want democracy,” he says. “They don’t want the police coming to their door in the morning because they tweeted,” he adds.

This was a nail in the coffin for the fact that many Turks can go to jail for insulting the president, and many have already been behind bars.

“I tell young people that they can criticize me freely. I will ensure that they have the right,” says the 74-year-old politician.

In the past the current president has mocked him saying he couldn’t raise a flock much less become president.

But this is not his only vision. “I want us to become part of the civilized world. We want free media and independent justice. Erdogan does not think so. The difference between us and Erdogan is the difference between black and white.”

The Turkish opposition leader appears ready to send Erdogan home even if some believe he will try to challenge the result.

In many ways he is an anti-Erdogan. Many of his campaign videos have been made at home at the kitchen table, such as this one on accuracy and the inflation sweeping Turkey.

His task in the event of victory will not be easy as he will find a broken economy and a divided nation. But he is determined for everything, as although he has lost many electoral battles, he has been in politics since 2002, just like Erdogan.

Besides, he is responsible for the rebirth of the People’s Republican Party (CHP) which follows the principles of Kemal Atatürk and the increase in its electoral percentage.

Source: cnn.gr

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