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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.
Thousands rally in Istanbul to voice anger at treatment of city’s mayor seen as abuse of democracy.
Towards a billion dollars said to have been splashed out on failed amusement park that Erdogan said was a “symbol of pride” for all of Turkey.
Turkey’s most popular Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has channelled the Japanese anime spirit of Voltron to express his frustration at opposition inaction.
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.
Poll also shows three potential presidential rivals more admired than ruler of 19 years.
Yet another late-night decree from the presidential palace.
With Turkish opposition politicians embroiled in dust-up with Beijing’s finest, it’s worth reflecting on the comedy of errors that is Western analysis of Turks growing closer to China.
Turkey’s own COVID-19 troubles are, meanwhile, intensifying. Data from opposition-controlled major cities showing alarming infection rates make a mockery of the official picture of how the country is faring in the pandemic.
Lo and behold! Sheikha Moza bint Nasser struck lucky with a zoning plan. Finance minister and his dad looking to make mint in same locality. Erdogan, meanwhile, seizes FX deposit of Istanbul administration but pays creditor in lira.
Inflation level won’t stop rate-setters easing further next week says one analyst. Another says they face a “difficult decision”
Ekrem Imamoglu condemns public lenders, saying they are not even extending routine loans. Business capital officials relying on international markets to meet financing needs.
Fears of a move rose after three Kurdish mayors were kicked out of office. Istanbullers, meanwhile, invited by opposition administration to see exhibit of hundreds of ‘AKP’ official cars as example of squandering of public money by predecessors.
Turkish industrial production contracts for 10th straight month. Worst run since financial crisis. Government, meanwhile, continues to work the credit pumps. “Central bank playing with fire,” says one analyst.
Bruised president’s AKP party lodges objections to Ankara, Istanbul and other unofficial local election defeats.