Erdogan signals 2023 polls will be his last

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will ask the people’s
support for the last time in the 2023 presidential polls, Trend reports citing

“Inshallah, in 2023, with the power of support from you that I
am asking on my behalf for the last time, we will start the
construction of the Turkish Century and deliver this blessed flag
to our youth,” Erdogan said at a rally in the Black Sea town of
Samsun on Dec. 10.

Türkiye will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in
2023. Erdogan has ruled Türkiye as the prime minister between 2003
and 2014 and since then as the president of the nation. A
constitutional amendment in 2017 has changed the system into
executive-presidency model and Erdogan was elected as the president
in 2018. He can run two times for the presidency under the new
government system.

“Everyone with wisdom and conscience can see the difference
between Türkiye that we have inherited from older generations and
Türkiye that we will hand over to our youth,” he stated.

Recalling that he has been in politics almost half a century and
that his sole objective was serving the nation regardless of which
position he was in, Erdogan said “This brother of yours has walked
only with his people in his 50 years in politics. We went all over
the county and that’s how we came to these days.”

Criticizing the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)
leader Kemal Kılıcdaroglu for appointing an American economy
advisor, Erdogan said “We have not walked these roads with foreign
advisors. We have always relied on our people.”

Calling his Justice and Development Party (AKP) fellows to
relentlessly work for 2023 elections, Erdogan said he was confident
that the opposition alliance will be totally defeated in the

The opposition alliance cannot even dream the services and
performances the AKP governments have fulfilled in the past 20
years, Erdogan said, criticizing the vision outlined by
Kılıcdaroglu. Today’s realities of Türkiye are far from the
projects or visions declared by the opposition, he said, “We are
determined to turn 2023, the year in which we will enter the
Century of Türkiye, into a symbol of a new era where we will take
our country to the highest place in the global political and
economic system. We will construct the Century of Türkiye in front
of your eyes just like we did everything for this country.”

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