S&D Group extremely worried about free and fair elections in Turkey

Following this week’s media clamp down in Turkey, less than a week before the extraordinary elections, S&D Group Vice-President, Knut Fleckenstein, said:

"In the final phase of the election campaign, independent and critical media is vitally important and the suppression of the media by the Turkish government is completely unacceptable. With enormous pressure on government-critical media and censorship, president Erdoğan is desperately trying to achieve an absolute majority for his party in this Sunday’s elections.

"However, Turkish people in the June elections have shown that they want a representative coalition government and it is doubtful that these steps help the AK Party to get more votes; they can only shed doubt on free and fair elections. Europe cannot watch this process silently, but we have to support democratic parties.

"That is why the S&D Group fully supports our sister parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in their efforts for more democracy in Turkey.

"The S&D Group will continue to support the European aspirations of Turkey and call on all political forces to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms."

S&D MEP Ismail Ertug added:

" Erdoğan’s Turkey is on the road to autocracy. That is neither good for Turkey nor for the EU. The elections on November 1st are a decision on Turkey’s way for the future – and therefore crucial."

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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