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Erdogan: Anyone who is trying to harm Turkey will pay a heavy price

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to pay anyone who is trying to harm Turkey a high price, while stressing his adherence to the ruling Justice and Development Party amid the internal dissent.

Erdogan, in a speech on Sunday at the 29th consultative meeting of the Justice and Development Party in the capital Ankara, said that Turkey is currently in a phase that will determine the features of a quarter or half a century to come.

The Turkish president added: “It is true that the open and secret attacks, which have been going on for six years against our country, did not kneel our people, but it tired, and every problem we faced and overcome, contributed to the strengthening of our country.”

Erdogan stressed that “the price of any attempt to harm Turkey will be high compared to previous periods,” noting that “those who ran Turkey according to their whims in the past, collide today with the solid will of the people, and come back disappointed.”

Erdogan said the AKP’s aim is not to overthrow it and replace it with another party, but to destroy the values ​​it represents.

Erdogan said the AKP was “the only hope of the Turkish people” and believed it still maintained that status.

“The reality of the phase we are going through is the following: the stronger the AKP, the stronger Turkey, and vice versa.”

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in turmoil since 2002, has been riven by internal splits and criticism of its leadership, intensified after the painful blow it suffered during local elections in March 2019, when it lost the capital Ankara as well as Istanbul and a number of other major cities.

Since then, two of the party’s most prominent members and founders, Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu, have announced their resignation from membership in the Justice and Development Party (AKP), criticizing him, especially Erdogan, amid reports that they intend to set up a rival party.

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