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© Reuters. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), works at his home as power had been cut off after he refused to pay his bills for two months in protest at steep hikes in subsidised energy prices, in Ankara, Turkey April


ANKARA, Reuters – Turkey’s opposition leader said Thursday that he will be in dark for a week because he refuses to pay his bills due to protest at steep rises in energy subsidies.

Inflation rose after a currency crisis in late 2013 and the government raised prices on everything starting with gas and electricity, tolls and alcohol to support bus fares and petrol in January.

This isn’t a call to civil disobedience. It is resistance. This is an effort to defend your rights. I am fighting to represent the children and families that have been left behind,” Republican People’s Party Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu stated as he sat with his wife beside a gas lantern lit house in Ankara.

My wife and I will spend a week in darkness together. He added that he will be in the dark to feel the pain of the people.

The March annual inflation rate rose by 61%. Analysts blame economic chaos on President Tayyip Erdogan’s unorthodox interest rate reductions last year.

Kilicdaroglu declared in February that he would no longer pay electricity bills.

On Thursday, he said that the electricity prices, which rose between 50% to 125% in 2022 at the beginning of 2019, had gone up more than 400% within three years.

Kilicdaroglu stated that almost 4 million Turkish subscribers experienced power cuts in 2021. However, he did not provide any sources for this information.

Erdogan is now in high demand due to the inflationary boom. This comes before national elections are held no later than June 2023. Kilicdaroglu could be a contender for the presidency.

Inflation of two-digits over the years, plus the current jump has eroded savings and earnings. Shopkeepers, local councils and a religious group all voiced concern about rising energy costs.

Last year, the lira was 44% less than the dollar. This is largely because of the monetary ease that began in September and despite the rising inflation. Through Turkey’s large imports, the depreciation has fueled inflation.

Erdogan’s economic program that boosts credit, exports and investments, the easing cycle, was part Erdogan’s latest economic plan. The government claims that it will ultimately lower inflation.