In election manifesto, Erdogan Guarantees new military Attempts

Pauline Gross
May 7, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to launch a new offensive against Kurdish militants along the country's borders with Syria and Iraq.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 this year to clear the YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups from Afrin, amid growing threats from the region.

Speaking about Operation Euphrates Shield, held from August 2016 to late March 2017, Erdogan said Turkey had delayed its right to intervene. He said his party will continue to struggle to make Turkey an important global power and a leading force.

Should he win the June 24 election, Erdogan would be Turkey's first leader under the presidential system, doing away with the prime minister's post, among other changes.

Last month, a report by the European Commission said that under the state of emergency, more than 150,000 people had been taken into custody, 78,000 arrested and over 110,000 civil servants dismissed.

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Turkey says the YPG is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

Erdogan has repeatedly threatened in the past to expand the Afrin offensive to YPG-held Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, which has raised the concern of a confrontation with U.S. forces there.

Erdogan highlighted the AKP's success in starting formal membership talks in 2005.

Erdogan said interest rates - despite the Turkish lira's decline in value against the United States dollar - would fall alongside inflation and the widening current account deficit.

Meanwhile, Muharrem İnce, the presidential hopeful nominated by Turkey's main opposition Republican People's party to run against Erdoğan, threatened to hold campaign events in front of television stations to protest against the scarce media coverage of his initial election rally.

Other reports by GizPress

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