Turkish Opposition Warns on Risk of Violence If It Wins Election

May 06, 2023

(Bloomberg) -- The presidential candidate of a six-party Turkish opposition alliance urged citizens to stay indoors if he wins next week’s elections to avoid the risk of confrontation with “armed elements” loyal to the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Most Read from BloombergRead more: Why Turkey’s Election Is a Big Test for ErdoganKemal Kilicdaroglu delivered the stark warning during an interview with KRT television late Thursday. It reflects the extent of polarization in Turkey’s society that’s only grown worse as the country’s broadest-ever alliance of opposition parties gears up for the tightly contested vote on May 14. Erdogan Faces Biggest Voter Threat After Years of Economic Chaos“When we are victorious on the election night, all our citizens should stay indoors instead of rejoicing in the streets,” Kilicdaroglu said. “We’ve learned that they’ve made agreements with some hackers from abroad and made payments in Bitcoin.”Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2023 Bloomberg L.P.