Feb 25 2018

Numbers favour Erdoğan-Akşener match-up - poll

The leader of the newly founded Turkish political party could potentially unseat the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a poll suggested on Sunday.

The survey by prominent polling firm Gezici showed that the Iyi Parti (Good Party), founded last year by the breakaway nationalist Meral Akşener, could mark a dramatic shift in Turkish politics, eclipsing the secular main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP).

Although Turkish elections are not due until March 2019 for a local and October 2019 for a general and presidential vote, many had speculated that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) might call for a snap election to capitalise on the nationalistic fervour due to the government's Syrian incursion.

The owner of Gezici polling company, Murat Gezici said that their research indicates a two-round presidential election if held today and that the poll numbers favour Meral Akşener' as the second candidate to join Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Aksener previously served as a representative and interior minister, as a member of the ultranationalist far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) until her break-up in 2017.  Official party affiliation numbers show that Meral Akşener's right-wing IYI (Good) Party is already stealing members from MHP.