Erdogan pledges to further enhance Turkish defense industry

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held his campaign’s largest rally so far in Istanbul on Sunday with a historic crowd of 1.7 million people ahead of the May 14 polls. He pledged to further enhance the country's defence industry if he wins the presidential election.

With less than a week left for presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, the country’s president held a mass rally in Istanbul on Sunday with at least 1.7 million people attending.

Erdogan hailed the massive crowd of people at the Istanbul rally and recalled his government’s achievements over the last 21 years.

The Turkish leader said his government has tripled the national income over the past 21 years, adding, “In 21 years, we have provided jobs and food to 21 million people added to our population. We built 10.5 million new houses in 21 years and provided families home.”

He criticized the Turkish opposition over their inimical rhetoric on homegrown drones and combat drones, and pledged to further enhance the country’s defense industry.

On energy, Erdogan recalled the billions of dollars of worth natural gas and oil reserves discovered in the Black Sea and Turkey’s southern Gabar area that has been put at the disposal of Turkish nation.

Erdogan also stated that his government is implementing the “Great Istanbul Tunnel Project,” which he said “will be the third tube to run through beneath the Sea of Marmara.”

“We are preparing Istanbul for the Century of Turkey, and Istanbul will be the locomotive for the rise of the Century of Turkey,” he continued.

Erdogan hit out at the six-party coalition for cooperating with terrorists and told the crowd not to allow the opposition to divide the country.

“If you say okay, we will win for sure!” he stressed.

The elections in Turkey will take place on May 14. On the presidential ballot, voters will choose between President Erdogan, who is seeking reelection, leading opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Muharrem Ince, and Sinan Ogan.

Meanwhile, 24 political parties and 151 independent candidates are vying for seats in the 600-member Turkish parliament.

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