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Erdogan slams opposition for installing LGBTI quota

November 9, 2017

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to a group of local administrators, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Erdogan has accused Turkey's pro-secular main opposition Republican people's Party, or CHP, of moving away from the country's moral values after a small opposition-run municipality installed a quota for LGBTI candidates running for a neighbourhood committee. Although homosexuality is not banned in Turkey, rights activists say LGBTI members face discrimination and stigma. (Pool Photo via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Turkey’s main opposition party of moving away from the country’s moral values after a small opposition-run municipality installed a quota for LGBTI candidates running for a neighborhood committee.

In a speech to local administrators Thursday, Erdogan said he believed the people would give the opposition party “the lesson they deserve” at an election in 2019.

Erdogan, a pious Muslim, slammed the pro-secular main opposition Republican people’s Party, or CHP, saying “we have no business with those who have declared war on the people’s values.”

Although homosexuality is not banned in Turkey, rights activists say LGBTI members face discrimination and stigma.

Erdogan’s ruling party hails from Turkey’s Islamic movement.

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