Turkish President holds rally in Sarajevo to obtain support from Turkish diaspora

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Series Details May 2018
Publication Date 22/05/2018
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On 20 May 2018, three days after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a rally in the Bosnian Sarajevo to drum up support among the Turkish diaspora.

The President addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events. He called for expatriate Turks to vote for him and his ruling AK Party in elections next month.

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The Bosnian capital was chosen for the event — ahead of Ankara’s presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in June — after European Union states such as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands (home to the largest Turkish diasporas) barred Turkish politicians from electioneering in their countries, stoking tensions between Ankara and Brussels.

In March 2017, ahead of a referendum on expanding presidential powers, Dutch authorities blocked Turkish officials from campaigning in the Netherlands, citing security concerns. Germany also imposed a ban on security grounds.

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Euro|topics, May 2018: Erdoğan woos voters in Sarajevo https://www.eurotopics.net/en/199831/erdogan-woos-voters-in-sarajevo
Deutsche Welle, 19.05.18: Home away from home: Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sarajevo http://www.dw.com/en/home-away-from-home-recep-tayyip-erdogan-in-sarajevo/a-43855519
[Blog] LSE European Institute, 23.05.18: Three lessons from Erdoğan’s rally in Sarajevo http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/05/23/three-lessons-from-erdogans-rally-in-sarajevo/
EurActiv, 18.05.18: Erdogan mobilises diaspora, ‘friends’ in Balkans https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/erdogan-mobilises-diaspora-friends-in-balkans/
EurActiv, 22.05.18: Erdogan holds controversial election rally in Bosnia https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/erdogan-holds-controversial-election-rally-in-bosnia/
Euronews, 20.05.18: Turkey's President Erdogan holds election rally in Sarajevo http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/20/turkey-s-president-erdogan-holds-an-election-rally-in-sarajevo
Aljazeera, 20.05.18: Turkish elections: Erdogan holds rally in Bosnia's Sarajevo https://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2018/05/turkish-elections-erdogan-hold-rally-sarajevo-180519215027987.html
Reuters, 20.05.18: Turkey's Erdogan seeks votes in Bosnia after ban on campaigning elsewhere https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-europe-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-votes-in-bosnia-after-ban-on-campaigning-elsewhere-idUKKCN1IL0P5
Balkan Insight, 25.04.18: Turkey’s Erdogan to Stage Election Rally in Sarajevo http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/turkey-s-erdogan-to-organise-election-rally-in-sarajevo-04-25-2018

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