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There’s “lots of energy in opposition circles now,” says Selim Koru at Ankara’s Tepav think tank.
Alliance resolves row that split ranks by agreeing popular Istanbul and Ankara mayors will be made vice-presidents should country’s authoritarian ruler be defeated.
After a dozen meetings between its half-dozen constituents, the Nation’s Alliance failed to reach a unanimous selection of a presidential candidate to challenge Erdogan in May’s national ballot.
IYI party leader Aksener walks away from alliance. Appeals to the popular Istanbul and Ankara mayors to do their “duty” by running for the presidency.
There are limits to how much the May elections can be rigged, particularly in the big cities, says academic, as date for strongman’s re-election bid is confirmed.
Turkish president accused by jailed Kurdish leader of planning to ban his party as part of scheme to foment "chaos" in country’s opposition in run-up to polls.
President Erdogan, meanwhile, drops heavy hint polls will be brought forward from scheduled mid-June date.
Thousands rally in Istanbul to voice anger at treatment of city’s mayor seen as abuse of democracy.
Imprisonment could end prospect of Imamoglu 2023 election run against autocratic president. Other court cases under way could sideline pro-Kurdish party that could serve as kingmaker.
The vision for me of the weekend opening of the World Cup in Qatar was of Turkish President Erdogan warmly welcoming his Egyptian counterpart, Sisi. The two have long been rivals and have very different visions of democracy in the region.
Ahead of elections, Nation Alliance, absorbed in “a game of thrones”, is yet to settle on a presidential candidate to challenge Erdogan’s “autocratic wasteland”, says academic.
President Erdogan will soon come to accept he’s already lost at the ballot box. But he won’t accept that it’s all over. Watch closely.
Turkey’s most popular Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has channelled the Japanese anime spirit of Voltron to express his frustration at opposition inaction.
Gone are the average prices recorded for each item in the CPI basket. ENAG contends inflation is 161%.
One last act of selflessness and devotion to his nation is required of Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. He must forgo the opportunity of taking on Turkey’s despot and allow someone with box office appeal to take his place.
‘Erdoganomic’ net lira creation via loans is again beyond the pale, rising to a new all-time high.
Discontent spreads as combination of Turkey’s soaring inflation, battered currency and record high world gas prices hits business and households hard.
Given the regularity with which they manifest, it’s astonishing the Turkish language has no phrase equivalent to ‘nightmare scenario’. They should think about coining one, sooner rather than later, though, because another one is looming.