Presidential election: Greens: Turkey election offers chance for return to democracy

Presidential election: Greens: Turkey election offers chance for return to democracy

A historic election is coming up in Turkey in a few days. Polls predict a neck-and-neck race between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu. The Greens hope for a change of power.

The Greens have called on all people resident in Germany and eligible to vote in Turkey to take part in the elections on May 14th.

“With the parliamentary and presidential elections, after years of authoritarian leadership under President Erdogan, there is a real chance to return to democracy and the rule of law,” according to a recent decision by the party’s federal executive board. At the same time, they are counting on the European Union preparing to intensify relations with Turkey in case this happens.

“We condemn the violations of human rights and the rule of law in recent years, demand the immediate release of all political prisoners and a return to a political dialogue and peace process on the Kurdish question,” the paper continues. The Turkish government should end its “aggressive foreign policy”. First, the “Spiegel” reported on the decision of the party leadership.

Many German-Turks have already voted

According to information from the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), significantly more voters have already cast their votes nationwide than in the last election in 2018. At that time, participation in Germany was 49.74 percent, higher than ever. In the 2018 presidential elections, around 65 percent of Turkish voters in Germany voted for Erdogan. It did significantly better than the overall result (around 53 percent).

The overwhelming majority of German citizens takes a critical view of Turkey’s incumbent president, as the current ZDF political barometer shows. According to this, only six percent of Germans entitled to vote would like it if Erdogan were re-elected. 81 percent would see his re-election critically.

Source: Stern

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