Why Turkey's Opposition Shouldn't Underestimate Erdogan
Apr 5, 2019 | 17:15 GMT
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- Losing Ankara, apparently Istanbul and other large metropolitan centers in local elections is a major setback for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's ruling party, as running these provincial governments is central to Erdogan maintaining his hold on power.
- Erdogan faces a tricky path as he navigates the political erosion in his base of power, and fixating on the election results threatens to detract from pressing problems, like Turkey's feeble economy.
- Even with the level of his support in question, Erdogan still has tremendous state resources at his disposal; though weakened, he remains formidable.