Erdogan seeks electoral support after condemning Morsi’s death sentence

KAYSERI: In a public rally on Sunday, Erdogan, without naming the party directly, asked the electorate to vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) after leveling criticism against Western countries for not having shown strong opposition to Sisi and his policies.

“Egypt turns into ancient Egypt. … The West does not take a position against Sisi, [but just] watches the orders for the death penalty without taking action. … This course of events will be shaped by the Turkish nation. In this regard, the June 7 election is very important,” Erdogan said.

Similarly, on the eve of the March 30 local election last year, Erdogan saluted crowds by raising four fingers, the Rabia sign that was the symbol of the anti-coup protests in Cairo, to show solidarity with the toppled Morsi government and asked people to vote for the ruling party.

In a related case, a leaked voice recording last March revealed that Erdogan was also wary of not raising his opposition to the supporters of the Sisi government, which included Saudi Arabia, a country with whom Erdogan sought good relations.

A voice recording last March revealed that Saudi businessman Yasin al-Qadi, who is on the US Treasury Department’s “specially designated global terrorist” list, told Erdogan’s son Bilal Erdogan to counsel his father not to use harsh rhetoric against Saudi Arabia. And in another leaked recording, Erdogan is heard reprimanding his son for criticizing Saudi Arabia over Egypt on Twitter.