Turkey’s Main Opposition Leader Waves the Bitcoin Flag

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Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s biggest party in opposition, has strongly come out in support of bitcoin after Erdogan’s newly appointed central bank governor published a diktat banning bitcoin payments. “I met with different stakeholders all day. Blockchain and crypto are the only areas where our $1 billion (Unicorn) ventures will emerge,” Kılıçdaroğlu said. He then accused Turkey’s ruling government of hitting financial technology startups. “They have no tolerance for young people. No no no!” – Kılıçdaroğlu said. Erdogan’s AKP party and coalition remain the most popular, but polls have been volatile with Kılıçdaroğlu’s CHP party narrowing the gap. In addition CHP won Istanbul in a closely contested election in 2018 where there was a re-run until AKP conceded. That landmark victory remains the clearest proof that Turkey is still a democracy despite some calling it a dictatorship. This clear show of support by Kılıçdaroğlu is the first time…

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