Jun 21 2018

AKP are tired favourites – analyst

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remain heavy favourites in the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, but they are looking weaker than ever, Aaron Stein of the Atlantic Council wrote for Foreign Affairs.

“Erdoğan’s base has narrowed, and after four elections in the past five years, the electorate is exhausted,” he said.

“For the first time in a decade, the AKP has lost control over the narrative and failed to excite voters committed to the party’s success.”

Erdoğan is close to winning the presidency, Stein said, whether in the first or second rounds.

“But the signs of decay are obvious, leaving open the possibility that the opposition can take advantage of AKP-led legal changes to topple Turkey’s most powerful man,” he said.