Erdoğan accuses opposition leader of dictatorship

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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C) and Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim (L) attend the meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, in Ankara, Turkey on April 27, 2018. Cem Oksuz / Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday accused main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of being a dictator, claiming that the opposition is supported by people like George Soros, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“Don’t pay any attention to people who accuse the [Justice and Development Party] AKP of being run by one man. Anybody who wants to see a dictator should look at the people who forced 15 deputies to change their party in an example of political engineering,” Erdoğan said during an AKP meeting in Ankara, recalling a recent move by the CHP in which 15 deputies resigned and joined the İYİ (Good) Party to allow the party to run in the snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.

“You [Kılıçdaroğlu] sent 15 deputies from their house to a place they didn’t want to go. Only dictators do this.”

Claiming that there are many George Soroses in Turkey, Erdoğan said: “They are the Soroses, supported not only inside but also outside Turkey. We know very well who they are and by which sources they were nourished.”

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