Felicity Party warns government may intervene in next election

Turkey’s Islamist opposition Felicity Party chair Temel Karamollaoğlu said he expected the government to intervene in the country’s next elections.

“Take this how you will, but they will interfere with the election. They will interfere with votes, as they already intervened in the past elections. They murdered our people at the ballot box,” Karamollaoğlu said in an interview on Sözcü TV.

Felicity Party ballot box observers Hasan Aktaş and İlyas Aktaş were killed and one person was injured in a shooting at a polling station in the eastern Anatolian Malatya province during the local elections in March 2019.

The attackers were reported to be relatives of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s mayoral candidate, Mikail Sülük. Four people were given life sentences for the attack.

Karamollaoğlu added that his party’s candidates had been threatened by people demanding they withdraw from the elections.

The Felicity Party leader said that threats and interventions against his party mostly took place in Turkey’s more remote areas in the east of the country, rather than in built up cities like Istanbul and Ankara.

The next national elections in Turkey are scheduled in 2023.