AKP to offer parliamentary candidacies to celebrity journalists

AKP to offer parliamentary candidacies to celebrity journalists
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The ruling AKP in Turkey is reportedly offering parliamentary candidacies to celebrity journalists, including Muge Anli and Hande Firat, in an effort to win the tight elections scheduled for May 14.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey is reportedly turning to celebrity journalists to win the tight elections scheduled for May 14. According to Turkish news outlet Turktime, the AKP has offered parliamentary candidacies to five prominent journalists, including Muge Anli, Hilal Kaplan and Hande Firat.

Muge Anli is a Turkish TV presenter hosting the popular TV program "Muge Anli ile Tatli Sert," which covers topics related to crime, justice, and social issues.

"It is believed that Anli could bring in between 2% and 2.5% of the vote for the party," Talat Atilla wrote for Turktime.

Hande Firat is the Ankara representative of daily Hurriyet newspaper. During a coup attempt in 2016, she was the first journalist to reach Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and interview him via Facetime.

According to Atilla, Hasan Basri Yalcın, Hilal Kaplan, Halime Kokce, and Sebnem Bursali are among the other journalists who have been offered candidacies by the AKP. While the journalists have not confirmed or denied the offers, there is speculation that some of them may run for office.