Erdoğan's animal rights pledges contrast with AKP's track record in parliament

Erdoğan pledges to enact legislation protecting animals blocked by AKP dominated parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged last weekend to enact legislation protecting animals, after a story about animal cruelty hit the headlines.

However, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has previously blocked similar legislation proposed by the opposition in Turkey’s parliament.  

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Voters would come to regret an opposition victory in elections - AKP MP

A victory for the opposition in Turkey’s elections will drag the country into chaos, wrote AKP Aydın Ünal, on Monday.

Ünal suggests that all that binds an alliance of opposition parties together is their shared disdain for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

“The opposition parties, with the PKK and FETÖ as their companions, in accordance with the U.S.’s wishes, want to collapse the AK Party and topple Erdoğan,” he wrote. 

But they have no plan what to do afterwards, should they succeed, “They are too far from comprehension to notice that they are laying the bricks of a pyrrhic victory,” 

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Elections represent Erdoğan's biggest challenge yet

President Erdoğan faces his biggest challenge in more than 15 years in power as political opponents take advantage of a weak economy and corruption accusations, wrote journalist Thomas Siebert in Arab Weekly.

These range from teleprompter failures that have left him speechless, to the performance of Muharrem Ince, the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate, who has motivated an opposition support base that largely stayed at home in previous elections.

He also has to cope with his tepid appeal to Turkey’s young voters. With 19 million voters younger than 30 and 3 million new voters this year, his lack of appeal to young people represents a threat to his hopes. But his election pitch, aimed squarely at observant Muslims and conservatives who can remember a time before 2002, when the AKP gained power, does not resonate with young people.

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Turkish jobless rate falls, boosting government ahead of Sunday elections  

Turkey’s jobless rate dropped to 10.1 percent, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Monday, reaching levels last seen before the attempted military coup in July 2016.

The improved numbers may provide an additional boost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP as they prepare for snap presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday. It follows last weeks news that economic growth reached 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018.

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