June 2023 is the electoral calendar in Turkey. This is our decision as the People’s Alliance, this is the date we announced,” Erdogan said in an intervention before the ruling Justice and Development Party’s parliamentary bloc.
The People’s Alliance is an electoral alliance between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with whom Erdogan was re-elected in the 2018 presidential elections.
The president said the government will do its best and will be careful not to leave Turkey in the hands of the opposition National Alliance and its largest members, the Republican People’s Party and the Good Party, according to the Anatolia News Agency.
“That is why we say that we will not leave alone any house we did not enter, and we will not leave alone any heart we did not touch and occupy,” he stressed.
The ruling force has consistently denied rumors of early elections and efforts to promote them, stating that the country needs election-free years for the executive branch to focus on the affairs of the nation.
Referring to the giant Istanbul Canal project, which is scheduled to be ready in 2025 or 2026, the head of state stressed that it will open a new chapter in the country’s development.
Through the work, the authorities will also be able to focus on the seismic areas of Istanbul, he said, referring to the seismic risks in the region.
It was announced that they would also build anti-seismic homes along the road, which would be 45 kilometers long. The canal will be built on the European side of the city, the largest in the Eurasian country.
Once completed, it will allow the passage of about 185 ships per day, which will ease traffic in the existing channel in the Bosphorus, as well as prevent the passage of recent shipments of hazardous materials.
More than half a million people will be employed in the construction project at a total cost of $15 billion, 1.4 billion of which are earmarked for the construction of the six bridges.
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