Jul 02 2018

Turkey headed for general elections in 2020, says pollster

The head of Turkey’s leading KONDA polling company said that it is likely Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will lose İstanbul and Ankara in the local elections in 2019 and Turkey will be heading for the polls again in 2020 for general elections, independent news site Diken reported.

Bekir Ağırdır’s comments follow last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections in which  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP won a decisive victory. The AKP did however lose its majority in parliament and failed to get the expected to get 295 of the 600 seats in parliament, and must now rely on its new far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) partner and its 49 members of parliament to produce laws.

‘’Their minds and their energy is depleted,’’ Ağırdır said of Turkey’s ruling party. “They need excitement that comes with elections.'' 

The polling agency head said that beyond their fears, Turkish people have a great deal of criticism of Turkey in their daily lives.

Stressing that 82 percent of the population maintain that Turkey’s educational system is in bad shape and 65 percent say don’t have faith in the economy, the head of KONDA noted that a great deal can change with Turkey’s local elections slated for next year and previous AKP-strongholds such as Ankara and İstanbul could fall to opposition parties.