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Turkey's economic problems can be resolved with justice: Opposition leader

Leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara, Turkey on 21 December 2021 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç /Anadolu Agency]
Leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıcdaroglu in Ankara, Turkey on 21 December 2021 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç /Anadolu Agency]

The economic problems of Turkey can be resolved with justice, the main opposition leader has said, criticising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for slamming the country's top business group over its remarks on the economy, local Turkish media reports.

According to the report, main opposition party leader, Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, said the main problem of Ak Party and Erdogan's government is injustice, by saying injustice is observed in almost all fields of life, including economy, employment, production, education and others.

"We will re-establish justice," Kılıcdaroglu vowed, saying, "If you lose justice, you lose everything even economic power. I promise that, within six months of our government, the State will function with justice."

He also commented on the suicide of a Turkish medical student by criticising the economical environment of Turkey.

"The economic problem in Turkey now affects every part of the society. We will sort it out if we are elected in 2023." he added.

On Wednesday, a Turkish medical student committed suicide after uploading a video in which he complained about his psychological exhaustion at a student dormitory run by a religious movement.

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Kılıcdaroglu also criticised Erdogan for slamming the Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TÜSİAD), which called on the government to abandon current economic policies and a return to the "rules of economic science."

"Everybody – the farmers, workers, retirees, industrialists and tradesmen – who live and produce in this country has the right to speak up," Kılıcdaroglu stated.

Turkey's largest business group, TUSIAD, called on the government to abandon the low rates policy and return to "rules of economic science".

Last week, thousands protested in Istanbul and the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir over surging costs of living.

Also, some ferry lines operating from and in Istanbul were halted on Sunday over unsustainable costs stemming from the lira crash, operators said.

According to a survey conducted by Metropoll Research, the popularity of Erdogan is at its lowest since 2015, at 38.6 per cent, while Ankara Mayor, Mansur Yavas, and Istanbul Mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, both from the CHP, scored 60 per cent and 51 per cent, respectively.

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