The head of the communication department in the Turkish presidency, Fakhruddin Altun, criticized the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. For publishing an offensive image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the May 14 elections.
“I am addressing Charlie Hebdo and its derivatives. Whatever you do, you cannot deter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and you cannot keep us out of our way,” Altun said on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
He added that the publication, which he described as “ugly” by Charlie Hebdo in its latest cartoons directed at President Erdogan, proves to the world once again the extent of the magazine’s “disgusting style”, as he put it.
He stated that what he described as Erdogan’s great success in the May 14 elections “annoyed the dishonorable, deprived them of sleep, dispersed their bad mood, and caused them to vomit their grudges and hatred.”
A spokesman for the presidency said that the Turkish people will respond in the best way to Charlie Hebdo magazine on May 28, in reference to the run-off of the presidential elections that President Erdogan and opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu are scheduled to run.
On Sunday, Turkey witnessed presidential and parliamentary elections, where President Erdogan, the candidate of the “Audience” coalition, the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kamal Kilicdaroglu, the candidate of the “nation” coalition, and Sinan Ogan, the candidate of the “ancestors” coalition, competed in the presidential elections.
On Monday, the head of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Commission, Ahmed Yanar, officially announced that the second round of the presidential elections would take place on May 28, as no candidate received more than 50% of the vote.