Energized Turkish opposition puts Erdogan in real danger of losing power


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(Worthy News) - A prolonged state of emergency after a failed coup attempt and a constitutional referendum that delivered Turkey’s president sweeping new powers should deliver strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an easy win in Turkey’s June 24 snap elections, a vote moved up from November 2019.

But a reinvigorated opposition, demonstrating unexpected discipline, banded together to give Mr. Erdogan far more of a challenge than many had thought. An upset — or even a close result — could leave a major chink in the armor of the 64-year-old president, who has dominated the Turkish political scene for 15 years.

“The opposition seems much more energized, and we’re seeing that voters who traditionally supported the government are having second thoughts,” said Ilter Turan, a professor of political science at Istanbul Bilgi University. “The economy isn’t doing well, and they’re tired of seeing the same man on their TV screens all day, every day.” [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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