Atlanta, United States (CNN) – Onal Cevikoz, a deputy for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, said that “people are angry” at the Turkish government’s slow response to the devastating earthquake that struck the south of the country, killing more than 44,000 people in the early days. February.
In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson Tuesday, Chivikoz said: “The government’s response took 72 hours, and that of course made the population very angry. Because a lot of people felt it. Many lives could be saved if the government had responded early. Of course.” This is the main lack of coordination that was between government officials and institutions.”
Cevikoz also noted that there is a lack of oversight mechanisms for the construction sector in Turkey. He said, “When we notice the wreckage and rubble. It is quite clear that the standards were not followed. If the standards are not followed, of course, there is reconstruction, and reconstruction is a major failure, especially in an area on a fault line.”
As Çivikoz told CNN’s Becky Anderson, the opposition parties are very confident of defeating Erdoğan in the general elections in the coming months.
When I asked Anderson if the opposition had what it takes to defeat current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Çiviköz said, “Yes, we are quite confident.” He added, “On the second of March, that is, about two days from now. The table of six will meet, the leaders of the six opposition parties, and in their meeting, they will probably discuss the final preparations for the nomination of the presidential candidate, and when that is decided, I think we will wait for the election date to be announced and when a date will be announced.” “The elections will also announce the candidacy of the presidential candidate. We are very confident.”
Meanwhile, at least 50,288 people were killed across Syria and Turkey in the aftermath of the deadly earthquakes on 6 February.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on Tuesday, more than 4,500 people have been killed in northwest Syria. According to the latest figures released by the official Syrian News Agency (SANA), 1,414 people have been killed in government-controlled areas in Syria, bringing the total death toll in the country to at least 5,914.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the death toll in Turkey is at least 44,374.