Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın provided updates on various issues in a recent statement. President Erdogan’s recent rallies in Istanbul and Ankara were highlighted, with Kalın noting that district rallies are also important due to their unique characteristics. He also shared news about the ongoing urban transformation project in Istanbul following the Kahramanmaraş earthquake, which aims to deliver homes to 300,000 citizens in 11 provinces within a year.
Kalın also commented on recent political events, condemning the attacks on HüdaPar, Sinan Ogan, and the CHP member in Gaziantep. He called for all parties to condemn such attacks and urged leaders to calm their members down. He also spoke about recent claims of “cassette” politics, which he stated pollutes the political discourse. He called for all politicians to keep politics clean and rid themselves of smear campaigns and character assassinations.
The Economist magazine’s recent coverage of Turkey was also criticized by Kalın. He claimed that the magazine was managing the perception of Turkey for over a week and 10 days and was uncomfortable with their aggressive attitude. Kalın urged the government and opposition to take a national stance against such aggressive behavior.
Lastly, Kalın spoke about the HDP’s recent endorsement for Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and the PKK’s executives’ statements about supporting him. He criticized Kılıçdaroğlu’s perspective, stating that it surrenders to the West and could hurt Turkey’s national interests. Kalın reiterated that Turkey always stands up for its national interests and rejects any attempts to manipulate its policies.