Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkey

Turkey in hard times as sanctions really begin to bite…….


From the TT’s colleague in Turkey:

Erdogan’s party continues to break apart, let’s see what comes out of this, it is important because the conservatives in Turkey generally lack an alternative to Erdogan’s AKP, and many feel like they are “forced” to vote for AKP because they don’t support leftist policies of the secular opposition. It can get interesting in the next elections.
They are probably not better than Erdogan but it is good that the power is getting divided
Turkish Lira strongly lost its value (and is losing) and the real income in Turkey is steadily declining, this has understandably made many people angry at the current administration because everything is becoming more expensive much faster than the increase in income. You can see the peak in terms of value lost in early 2018, it is when the United States Government implemented sanctions against Turkey



Former Turkish PM Davutoglu forms new party in challenge to Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) – Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, once a close ally to President Tayyip Erdogan, applied on Thursday to establish a breakaway political party which could erode support for Erdogan and his ruling AK Party.


Davutoglu, 60, served as prime minister from 2014 to 2016, before falling out with Erdogan. He has criticized the president and the AK Party’s (AKP) economic management, and accused it of curbing basic liberties and free speech.


A source close to Davutoglu said he applied to the Interior Ministry on Thursday to form his new party and that he will formally announce it at a news conference in Ankara on Friday. It will be called Future Party, the source said.


“The new party will breathe new life into politics,” the source said.


Davutoglu announced his resignation from the Islamist-rooted AKP in September, saying the party which has dominated Turkish politics for 17 years was no longer able to solve the country’s problems and was preventing internal debate.


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