"The postponement of the elections is a civil coup attempt"

"The postponement of the elections is a civil coup attempt"
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Ahmet Davutoglu, leader of the opposition Future Party, said elections could not be postponed because of the earthquake

"At such a painful time, your attempt to stay in power by postponing the elections is the greatest cruelty that can be done to the nation," Future Party leader Davutoglu said to the government in a video he posted on social media.

“Do not attempt a civil coup with scenarios of postponing the elections while the people are in pain. The election will be done when the day comes,” Davutoglu said.

He added:

"They might even consider a civil coup d'état. But know that we are here. We will keep our democracy alive and work day and night to dispel these dark clouds over our country."

On Monday, Bulent Arinc, a co-founder of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and a former speaker of the Turkish parliament said elections should “urgently” be postponed.

“At a time when we are going through probably the greatest catastrophe we have faced in our history, the country should be free of any election stress as soon soon as possible. The elections should urgently be postponed so that the state bureaucracy can focus only to mend the wounds of our citizens. This is not an option but an imperative," Arinc wrote on Twitter.