Turkey under Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule has experienced enough democratic backsliding to now be considered a fragile state . Sunday’s municipal elections were deeply unfair, thanks to the government’s near-total control of the media. As a result, the outcome was predictable: the AKP won once again.
The AKP leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a perennially populist leader, speaking to the hearts of his followers, especially the poor and pious. Since 2002, they have found a voice in Erdoğan and given him landslide election victories. On Sunday in around 1,000 towns and 81 cities, voters chose the mayors and municipal leaders of Erdoğan’s new Turkey – Turkey 2.0.
But the results marked a bitter victory for the AKP, tinged with significant losses. The AKP and its far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ally took 51.6 percent of the total vote , but lost the mayoral races in Turkey’s three biggest cities – Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir – to the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Continue Reading Ahval News First Published on 2 April 2019