Kılıçdaroğlu: President Erdoğan afraid to be put on trial

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ANKARA, TURKEY - JANUARY 17 : Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), gives a speech during the parliamentary group meeting of his party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on January 17, 2017. AFP

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Wednesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants a constitutional amendment package to be approved in an upcoming referendum in early April as he is afraid to be put on trial for crimes in which he and his family members were involved.

Speaking with Deutsche Welle (DW) on Wednesday, Kılıçdaroğlu said Erdoğan wants the package to be approved as soon as possible because he knows he will be convicted if he is put on trial.

He wants to secure his future. He cares about himself more than he does about the people. … Erdoğan’s main strategy is based on the idea of ‘if something happens tomorrow and he is put on trial’,” he said.

Turkey is expected to hold a referendum in early April on a constitutional amendment package that extends President Erdoğan’s power and paves the way for a switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

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