Turkey needs new opposition, PM says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey needs a new opposition, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a conference on the 13th anniversary of the establishment of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported on Aug. 14.
"The old opposition has lost its relevance for Turkey," he said.
"A new opposition capable of competing with the ruling party will inevitably appear in Turkey," he said.
Erdogan said that the weakness of the opposition and its candidate were demonstrated in the presidential election in Turkey.
The opposition Republican People's Party of Turkey had nominated former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu for the presidency.
Turkey held the presidential election on Aug. 10. The election was won by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who gained 51.8 percent of the vote.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu ranked second with 38.56 percent of votes, while Salahaddin Demirtas with 9.79 percent of votes ranked third.