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Turkey’s presidential candidate vows to repatriate Syrian refugees if elected

Meral Akşener [Photo courtesy of Meral Aksener]
Meral Akşener [Photo courtesy of Meral Aksener]

The Head of Turkey’s İYİ Party (the Good Party), Meral Akşener on Sunday vowed that she would send back Syrian refugees from Turkey before the end of next year if she won the 24 June presidential elections.

“I promise you from here that the Syrian refugees who are in Turkey will have their Ramadan breakfast in 2019 together with their brothers in Syria,” Akşener told a gathering in the southern city of Mersin as part of her presidential campaign.

Turkey has been one of the main country which has been welcoming Syrian refugees - Cartoon [MiddleEastMonitor]

Turkey has been one of the main countries which have been welcoming Syrian refugees –
Cartoon [MiddleEastMonitor]

“The presence of Syrian refugees in Turkey has had a negative impact on the country’s economy,” she said, claiming that the wrong policy pursued by the current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled the number of Syrian refugees in the country.

Akşener has also promised that if she wins, she will work to provide jobs for each young man and work to develop quality education in public and private schools.

On Saturday, four Turkish opposition parties announced the formation of an electoral coalition to stand against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the early legislative elections. The coalition includes the Republican People’s Party, the Good Party, the Felicity Party and the Democrat Party.

READ: Turkey’s Erdogan starts campaigning for snap June elections

Meanwhile, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Erdogan has also formed an alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party for the upcoming elections.

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