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‘People shouldn’t ask AKP where you found that thief’

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“When the new lists are going to be announced,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told local executives of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Aug. 7 in the Black sea province of Trabzon. “No one should tell us ‘Where did you find this thief?’ about them. We must be very careful about this issue,” he said.

Erdoğan gave the bold message to his grassroots while preparing them for radical changes within the party structure in order to secure his re-election in November 2019, when the next presidential election is scheduled to be held together with the parliamentary vote. “As the chairman of the party, I am resolute to do that,” Erdoğan said in his hometown Rize the same day. “We have to renew ourselves thoroughly, taking the opportunity of our general congress,” he added. All local party congresses are to be completed by the end of February 2018 after which a general congress is expected to be held for another........

© Hürriyet Daily News