May 18 2018

Isolated Venezuelan, Turkish leaders make common cause

The heads of state of Venezuela and Turkey held a videoconference to discuss upgrading trade ties and to wish one another well in upcoming elections, economy news site Bloomberg said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Bloomberg said, “despite overseeing a historic economic collapse, is on the verge of re-election thanks to slanted rules in his favour, an opposition boycott and overall fatigue among voters”. His country goes to the polls on May 20.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose country is due to hold elections on June 24, is not yet in such economic trouble, but has seen his country’s currency drop from 3.02 to the dollar at the time of a failed coup attempt in July 2016 to almost 4.50 today, with his country suffering fatigue from the extended state of emergency that has continued since that time.


Both men’s governments have been left largely isolated due both to their ideological distance from the international community and growing concerns over rights abuses.

“Given the distance and lack of obvious complimentary economic benefits, politics seemed more at the core of the broadcast,” Bloomberg said.

Maduro also gave a shout-out to one of his favourite Turkish television programmes: Diriliş Ertuğrul, a series about a Turkic tribe in pre-Ottoman Anatolia.