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Contributor PerspectivesJul 3, 2019 | 19:25 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019.
Is this the Beginning of the End for Turkey's Erdogan?
The June 23 redo of the Istanbul mayoral election produced an embarrassing outcome for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. More than 800,000 votes separated Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition Republican People's Party candidate, from Binali Yildirim of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), a monumental increase from Imamoglu's narrow 13,000-vote margin of victory in the first Istanbul vote on March 31. The outcome reflected voter frustration with Erdogan's attempt to impose a victory in Turkey's premier city by nullifying the result of the first election and ordering a do-over. The outcome can also be seen as an expression of voter dissatisfaction with the way Turkey's economy is being run and the lack of attention the AKP is giving ordinary citizens' concerns about inflation, unemployment and divisive political rhetoric.
Contributor PerspectivesMay 3, 2019 | 16:42 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a campaign rally for the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara on March 28, 2019.
A Summer of Discontent Awaits Turkey
Although Turkey's local elections may be over, defeats suffered by the governing Justice and Development Party clearly show weakening confidence on the part of voters toward both the party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sensing these weaknesses, divisions within the ruling party are emerging as Erdogan grapples with how to consolidate his base of power domestically, as well as contemplates how to overcome pressing economic and foreign policy concerns.
Contributor PerspectivesDec 12, 2018 | 15:31 GMT
Supporters cheer for Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek, a member of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, on April 5, 2014.
Turkey’s Next Round of Elections Are Looking Down a Familiar Path
It’s hard to imagine the outcome of Turkey’s local elections, scheduled for March 31, generating any real suspense. The result again is likely to favor the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan despite the deepening economic crisis that has enveloped Turkey. Turkey’s political elites across party lines are fixated on the elections. While the AKP is seeking alluring candidates to maintain its control of large cities such as Istanbul and Ankara, opposition parties -- particularly the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) -- are squabbling over choosing their nominees for the multiple mayoralties that will be up for grabs next spring and are not focused on devising a grand strategy to unseat the AKP from local power. Parties and elites alike covet local offices because local government administration is extremely profitable for mayors and provincial/city council members who gain prime positions to authorize public procurements
Contributor PerspectivesJul 2, 2018 | 14:08 GMT
Pedestrians cross Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 28. The poster behind them shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a message that read: "Thank you Istanbul."
The Results of Erdogan's Re-Election
In the run-up to Turkey's recent presidential and parliamentary elections, many analysts and experts warned that the vote would be less than free and fair. Observers on the ground and international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe confirmed these suspicions. Though concrete data is elusive on how widespread and systematic the electoral abuses were, as a scholar who has studied Turkey for nearly 20 years, I see enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that the official results of the June 24 elections are questionable.
SnapshotsApr 18, 2018 | 19:56 GMT
Turkey: Why Erdogan Called Snap Elections
On April 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on June 24, nearly a year and a half early. The decision follows consultations between Erdogan and Devlet Bahceli, a political ally leader of the Nationalist Movement Party. One day before Erdogan's statement, Bahceli made a call of his own for elections to be held before their previously scheduled date of November 3, 2019. The decision is key for Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) which, despite currently holding the majority of seats in parliament, faces challenges which could sway public opinion against it.
Partner PerspectivesApr 20, 2017 | 12:58 GMT
Erdogan as Autocrat: A Very Turkish Tragedy
In just over a decade, the Republic of Turkey has gone from a period of promising political liberalization to fast-approaching one man rule under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The party he leads, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002 promising a more tolerant, inclusive Turkey. Its “political brand” was stability, economic prosperity, and good governance.
AssessmentsNov 2, 2015 | 06:14 GMT
Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) celebrate in Istanbul
In Turkey, a Surprise Win for the Ruling Party
Now that the ruling party has enough seats to forego messy coalition talks and form a government on its own, some sense of normalcy will return to Turkey as the financial markets internalize an end to the country's political limbo. That said, economic conditions remain stagnant, and the country remains highly vulnerable to attacks by Kurdish militants, jihadists and left-wing radicals. And even as the AKP can be expected to move forward with Erdogan's efforts to enhance his executive power, those plans will likely be kept in check by the party's lack of the supermajority needed to unilaterally overhaul the political system.
AssessmentsAug 23, 2010 | 12:17 GMT
Islam, Secularism and the Battle for Turkey's Future
An intense internal power struggle in Turkey influences virtually every decision reached in Ankara's halls of power. Though the country's identity crisis will not be resolved by this power struggle, the battle lines will define how the country operates for many years.
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