DemirtaI challenges ErdoIan to TV debate

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin DemirtaI challenged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan, who is also running for president in August’s election, to a two-hour debate on TV during a speech in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Criticizing ErdoIan for taking aantage of state power in his presidential campaign, DemirtaI said: “Feel free to use the opportunities provided by the state. But if you claim to be on people’s side more than we are, I ask only one thing from you: Let’s have a live-broadcast debate one-on-one before the people. Let reporters ask questions to us for just two hours. After that I am OK with no TV channels covering my speeches, they can all cover you 24 hours a day.”

DemirtaI pointed out that the way ErdoIan is using the opportunities of the state contradicts his “candidate of the people” rhetoric. “I wonder how many of the people use a private jet. What kind of a ‘man of the people’ is this? He holds [presidential] rallies across the country traveling with helicopters and airplanes that belong to the state. He is the candidate of the state, not the people,” DemirtaI said.