Prison for one of the architects of the Turkish opposition’s success


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Canaan Kaftancioglu is leaving the courts in 2019.
Canaan Kaftancioglu is leaving the courts in 2019.AFP
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The Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals this Thursday has confirmed the sentence of four years and 11 months in prison and the disqualification Canaan Kaftancioglu, the president of politics Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the province of Istanbul, whose mayor with his charismatic rhetoric has helped win office and build an effective campaign. The CHP leader has summoned militants in front of his Istanbul headquarters to protest a “political decision”.

The condemned woman expressed in a video recorded shortly after learning the news, “The question goes beyond what the punishment is for Canaan Kaftancioglu, how far the law has come in this country and the injustice in us.” how it affects each. “Until we remove evil from the power of this country, we will continue to work every day to ensure that the law applies not only to Canaan Kaftancioglu, but to its more than 84 million people. never lose hope“Sentenced.

Since 2019, five different sentences have accumulated in Kaftancioglu’s mailbox. The so-called yargitay presupposes the appeals of only two of them. Remaining sentences firm: One and a half years in prison for “insulting an active public official”, One year and eight months for “openly humiliating the state” of the Republic of Turkey” and Two years and four months, later reduced to one year and nine months for “insulting the President” Risp Tayyip Erdogan.

The top leader has not commented on the latest decision, which many critics see as an early sign of the electoral campaign for next year’s legislative and presidential elections. erdogan Traditionally given its initial call. The creators of 2019’s success in these circumstances ekrem imamoglu The mayor of the most populous city snatched from the ruling AKP turqua Can be taken out of the game for trying to repeat the feat.

Unlike other CHP figures, such as the then victorious mayor of Ankara, Mansur Yavas, Imamoglu himself or the party’s chairman, Kemal Kilidaroglu, Kaftancioglu, do not pool in to challenge Erdogan for the presidency. but Thanks to her image of a strong, sharp and abusive woman, she has managed to win over many followersAs also done by Meral Exner, leader of the Good Party and coalition partner of the CHP, in a different style.

One of the latest surveys on voting intentions conducted by the Optimer company indicates Ten percentage point gap between Erdogan’s AKP and rising CHP, The third force is Aksner’s Good Party (IYI Party). Some analysts do not rule out that, in a similar scenario, the pro-Kurdish HDP – the fourth in intent to vote – secretly promotes the vote for a joint opposition candidate for the presidency, in line with the current leader’s aspiration. present a difficult political challenge.

While the ruling AKP-MHP alliance has shown signs of wear and tear in recent years, The determining factor in the decline of Erdogan’s popularity is the economic crisis, The price of the Turkish lira against the euro has been falling continuously for five years. The prescriptions implemented to avoid this, victims of the conservative vision of the economy that the Supreme President holds, have hardly managed to solve the problem, which, to make matters worse, is exacerbated by the current inflationary crisis. has gone.

With this scenario, the main opposition party condemns that a hunt has begun against its members to undermine their progress in elections. A situation that to date was only faced by many HDP leaders imprisoned on “terrorism” charges. “It is a political decision and therefore, I condemn it”Imamoglu said via Twitter, shortly before leaving to protest with other party deputies at the local CHP headquarters.

Next will be June 1 imamolu who sits before the judge or his punishment for calling the members of the election board “fools”, On the same Thursday, minutes after the decision on Kaftancioglu, it is reported that a judge has ordered the re-arrest of Matin Gurkan, from the Deva Party founded by an ex-AKP member. In addition to providing reports to Spanish diplomats in Ankara, the former soldier and political analyst has been accused of “espionage” for other actions.

Two weeks ago a Turkish judge dealt another blow to an opposition cause. At the conclusion of the 2013 Geezy Park anti-government protest trial, philanthropist Usman Kavala He was sentenced to life imprisonment for “attempting to overthrow the government”. Seven other activists, including an architect, a filmmaker and a lawyer, were jailed for 18 years with immediate prison orders.

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