The Lüleburgaz district of Kırklareli province will first host an election rally held by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, followed by one featuring main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, just two-and-a-half hours later, on May 11.
The coincidence has already led to a debate about which leader will attract more people to his party’s election rally.
CHP Kırklareli deputy Turgut Dibek said it was only when the CHP applied to the district governor’s office to hold a rally in Lüleburgaz on May 11 that the party officials learned Erdoğan would hold a rally in the same area on the same day. Dibek challenged the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), saying that the CHP rally would attract more people, while AK Party Kırklareli provincial branch head Emin Tunç said: “My this coincidence be a beneficial one for both Trakya and Kırklareli.”
The Lüleburgaz Municipality is currently run by the CHP. Ahead of the June 12 general elections, the leaders of Turkey’s major political parties are going from one province to another to hold election rallies.
CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu kicked off his party’s election rallies on April 29, when he held rallies in Edirne and Tekirdağ. Erdoğan has so far held most of his rallies in İstanbul. He will begin his rallies in Trakya on May 11, when he will address people in Tekirdağ’s Çorlu district, Kırklareli’s Lüleburgaz district and Edirne’s Selimiye Square. On the same day, Kılıçdaroğlu will hold an election rally in Lüleburgaz just two-and-a-half hours after Erdoğan.