Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections, which will be held next year, at a time when observers expect to announce the start of a Turkish military operation in northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, Thursday, that he will run again for next year’s elections.
Erdogan also stressed in a speech to his supporters in the city of Izmir: “I am the candidate of the People’s Alliance (the electoral alliance that includes the ruling Justice and Development Party), and the elections will be held in June next year.”
Erdogan’s statement coincides with his announcement of an upcoming Turkish military operation in northern Syria.
The Turkish president expressed his hope that his country’s allies would understand Turkey’s legitimate security concerns and not object to the expected military operation in Syria.
In the same context, Turkish media reported that Erdogan may order today, Thursday, the start of a military operation in northern Syria.
The Turkish government network said that Erdogan moved to the “Afs-2022” exercise site in Izmir, and the channel’s reporter, who was at the training site to cover the exercise, suggested Erdogan would launch the operation in a speech.
Also, earlier, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the expected military operation in northern Syria will target terrorists and should not be obstructed.