Turkey is 'pro-Erdogan', opposition members boycott State TV

Main rivals say no to electoral messages

13 June, 16:08

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 13 - The main rivals of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's early presidential elections on June 24 have decided not to use their right to broadcast electoral messages on State television Trt, claiming it favors Erdogan and is not reporting their electoral campaigns.

    The refusal was announced by Muharrem Ince, the candidate of the main opposition force, the secular Chp, and by Meral Aksener, the former interior minister who founded the Center-right Good Party.

    Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed candidate of the pro-Kurdish HDP, who has so far used phone calls and messages to family members and attorneys granted to detainees to campaign, chose to record a message from jail.

    Under Turkish law, the candidates of each parliamentary group have a right to two 10-minute-long messages each while majority members have a right to 20-minute messages. (ANSAmed)
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