Erdogan, who is in crisis, surprises the opposition with an electoral advance in Turkey


Recep Tayyip Erdogan He surprised everyone by announcing his intention to advance the date of the presidential elections by a month, to their date on May 14. The Islamist leader is running for re-election in the midst of an internal climate marked by the economic crisis that has led to inflation of 85 percent, before an unclear opposition over the name of the candidate he will face in the elections and with whom is a key. Parties to form a majority in Parliament such as the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) are on the brink of lawlessness. Turks will have to choose to continue with the Islamic model that has been implemented since 2003 before Justice and Development Party (AKP) Erdogan or to return power to the CHP and restore secularism.

The 68-year-old president relied on recent history and linked this progress to the elections that the country held on May 14, 1950, in which the Democratic Party participated. Adnan Menderes And the CHP sank. Menderes was executed a decade later by the military after a coup. “Our nation will again say to the incompetent coup plotters, after 73 years, enough,” Erdogan declared, warning that the opposition “is seeking to rule the country through a puppet president.”

The name that sounds the loudest in the CHP is Ekrem Imamogluwho has already demonstrated his ability to defeat the Islamists at the polls by winning the recent municipal elections in Istanbul. The problem is that the mayor of the Social Democratic Party was recently sentenced to two years, seven months and 15 days in prison. Calling members of the Electoral College “idiots.” That forced to repeat the election. The second time around, he was also a winner.

Technically, he could be a presidential candidate in May because he has appealed that decision, but neither can his party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, 74, explained his plans. During the 13 years that he was the leader of the CHP, Kilicdaroglu, a very unattractive figure, could not defeat Erdogan.

Another name that appears as a potential opponent of the person who led the country for two decades is Noun Meral Aksnerhistorian and former interior minister in the 1990s, is in charge of the Ileh Party (“Iyi” in Turkish), a conservative and secular formation.

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