Erdogan’s foremost rival accuses Russia of spreading ‘deep fakes’ forward of elections

Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s allegations got here hours after a third-party candidate dropped out of the race after being focused by a on-line smear marketing campaign.

“Expensive Russian associates,” Kilicdaroglu stated on Twitter.

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“You’re behind the montages, conspiracies, deep fakes and tapes that have been uncovered on this nation yesterday,” he stated with out offering particulars.

“In order for you our friendship after Could 15, get your palms off the Turkish state. We’re nonetheless in favor of cooperation and friendship.”

Polls present the secular opposition chief edging forward of Erdogan in Sunday’s presidential poll.

The election will go to a Could 28 runoff if no candidate picks up greater than 50 % of the vote.

Kilicdaroglu’s feedback got here within the warmth of an more and more soiled marketing campaign that noticed third-party candidate Muharrem Ince pull out on Thursday.

Ince introduced his resolution after being focused by an internet marketing campaign that included doctored pictures of him assembly girls and using round in fancy vehicles.

Polls present most of Ince’s help – measured at between two and 4 % – possible going to Kilicdaroglu.

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