Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the presidential candidate of the Nation Alliance, emphasized the importance of going to the polls and casting votes, saying that they will crown the second century of the Republic with democracy.
Speaking at a rally held in Izmir with all the members of the Nation Alliance, Kılıçdaroğlu stated that this election is held to bring democracy to Turkey.
“I have no interest in palaces, I’ll sit in Atatürk’s Çankaya” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Addressing young people who will vote for the first time, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “I used to tweet under the authoritarian regime. My family warned me. On May 14, I voted. My vote is invaluable. You will say ‘I voted. For me and for my people.’”
Making a call to go to the polls and cast votes, Kılıçdaroğlu said they will crown the second century of the Republic with democracy.
Some of Kılıçdaroğlu’s noteworthy statements from his speech included:
“No child will go hungry.”
“The tuy-kalem (quill pen) might not be finished yet, but I will give orphans their rights.”
“These elections will provide gender equality in Turkey. These elections are not divisive but embrace everyone. These elections are to bring democracy to Turkey.”
“You will see that we will bring spring, peace, and brotherhood to this country, connect peasants with the land, and transform the notion that women and young people are absent in the rural areas.”
“I am not interested in buildings. I will work for the people if I am on their side.”
Thousands of people filled the square in Izmir to listen to the speakers, including presidential candidates from the Nation Alliance, İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener, Saadet Party leader Temel Karamollaoğlu, Gelecek Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu, DEVA Party leader Ali Babacan, and Democrat Party leader Gültekin Uysal. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş and İstanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu also attended the rally.
İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer began the rally, telling Kılıçdaroğlu, “Izmir will make you the president. You suit the future of Turkey. From democracy.”
Temel Karamollaoğlu followed Soyer, saying that “the friends who have been in power for 20 years and have been governing the country alone for the last two terms are beginning to skate on thin ice. They cannot solve the problems. Lately, they have started to show off how talented we are with a lot of inventions.” He urged the audience to put emphasis on how they will solve the problems.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş spoke at the rally, stating that, “They are saying there will be a coup if we lose. We will eliminate this hateful discourse, eradicate the evil, and return Turkey to normal politics.”
İstanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu emphasized that they want to solve Turkey’s problems, to ease the economy, to provide future generations with jobs, production, and technology, saying, “Be ready, İzmir. Be ready, Turkey.”
DEVA Party leader Ali Babacan promised to bring Turkey to European standards in all areas, saying that Turkey deserves the best in every field.
Democrat Party leader Gültekin Uysal emphasized that “the Turkish nation asked for power, was given power, asked for strength, was given strength, asked for ultimate power and has been given it. They said the