Turkish Opposition Leader Express Anger Over Electricity Price Hikes

Turkish opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu expressed his anger over price hikes on electricity, saying he won’t pay the bills until the price is being reduced.

Addressing the nation in a Twitter video posted late Wednesday, Kilicdaroglu, head of the Republican People’s Party, called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to undo the price surge and reduce taxes on electricity consumption.

Kilicdaroglu blamed surging bills on utility privatizations that, according to him, benefited a handful of cronies.

Kilicdaroglu reiterated his stance not to pay his bills until President Erdogan withdraws the price hikes that he signed on December 31, 20201.

Kilicdaroglu also called on the Turkish people to send the picture of their electricity bills to President Erdogan through twitter as part of efforts to pressure the government to reduce the price.

Starting from 2022, Turkey has raised electricity prices by 50%-100% for households and companies.

The Energy Market Regulatory Authority had earlier said electricity prices were raised around 50% for lower-demand households for 2022, while they were increased by more than 100% for high-demand commercial users.

At the same time, the natural gas prices jumped 25% for residential use and 50% for industrial use.

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