[Turkey] a warning to ErdoganFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 03 2019 15:05:24
Just when it seemed that democracy was all but dead in Turkey, voters
delivered a sharp electoral rebuke to their authoritarian president,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Unofficial results in municipal elections over the weekend show that
Mr. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party lost control of
Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the financial center and launching
pad for Mr. Erdogan’s political career.
Mr. Erdogan was not on the ballot, and his party still controls
Parliament, but the vote was the worst election defeat of his nearly
two decades in office. And while he won re-election last year, a 2017
referendum that only narrowly gave him new authority over the
legislature and judiciary presaged his weakening support.
Opposition candidates in the municipal races capitalized on growing
discontent with his repression and economic mismanagement. The results
signaled that, if the opposition stays united and forward-looking, it
could mount a true challenge to Mr. Erdogan in the next presidential
election, in 2023.
RS Wood <email@example.com>