Arab press: Turkey acquiesces to Russia in Idlib, Erdogan seeks to hold early elections

Turkey has acquiesced to Russia in Idlib, and is seeking to open international roads in Idlib by force, while the Turkish opposition has suggested that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will resort to early elections in light of the noticeable decline in his popularity.

On Monday morning, Arab press touched upon to the situation in Idlib province, and to and the Turkish internal situation.

Al-Arab: Insurgency of jihadi factions in Idlib embarrasses Turkey against Russi

The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with the Syrian issue several issues, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib, and in this context al-Arab newspaper said: "The Turkish army has dispersed by force a sit-in on the international road in Aleppo, Latakia known as" M4 ", in Idlib governorate north Western Syria, what caused the deaths and injuries, in the second confrontation with the sit-in fighters believed to belong to jihadist factions that object to the conduct of joint Russian-Turkish patrols along this road.

On the 13th of this month, the Turkish army broke up a sit-in on that road, but the determination of the protesters and erected barricades to prevent Russian forces from entering the area, which embarrassed Ankara in front of Moscow to move and use live bullets to disperse them.

Four people were killed, seven others were injured and gas poisoned by the Turkish army firing live bullets and tear gas to break up the sit-in.

The sit-in began on the 13th of last March in protest against the Russian-Turkish agreement reached on the fifth of that month, and among its items was the opening of the Aleppo-Latakia road to the passage of joint Russian-Turkish patrols.

The Russian forces had suspended for days participating in conducting patrols with the Turkish side for reasons that it said were security.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) stated that the fall of the dead in the ranks of the protesters at the hands of the Turkish forces led to an increase in the level of tension in the region, where mutual targets were detected with heavy machine guns between jihadist elements who are likely to belong to the Headquarters of Heyat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkish forces, in addition to shells falling on Turkish points It is located in the vicinity of the city of Neirab, while Turkish drones hovered heavily in airspace of the region.

This is the first time that such an escalation has occurred between Heyat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkish forces, which threatens an unprecedented confrontation, especially with the transformation of HTS into a heavy burden on Ankara due to the presence of a large part of its elements and commanders objecting to the Turkish-Russian agreement who fear that it will eradicate to the rest of their influence in northwestern Syria.

Last March, Ankara submitted to Russia's requests, including the revival of the two international routes, amid talk that one of the clauses of the secret agreement was to limit the role HTS, and this explains, according to followers, the state of alert in the ranks of the latter, and its attempts to thwart the agreement by obstructing the joint Russian-Turkish patrols.

Analysts say that, contrary to the previous agreement that took place in September 2018, Ankara is very serious in dealing with Russian concerns, there are efforts to consolidate the confidence with Moscow, hence its strict intervention towards the sit-downs on the international road M4.

Analysts point out that Turkey has, over the past weeks, brought in thousands of soldiers despite the challenges posed by the threat of the Corona pandemic, in an attempt to impose the implementation of the agreement by force if necessary if HTS' elements continue to refuse.

It is known that there is currently a split in the ranks of HTS, as an important part of its commanders believe that there is a lack of confidence in the Turkish side and a move to defend their center of influence even if this requires confrontation with Turkey. As for the pragmatic part, it is preferable to keep pace with Turkey.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Erdogan's likelihood of early elections being drawn

Turkey, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "Turkish opposition favors President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recourse to early elections in light of his noticeable decline in popularity, and to block the way for any potential rivals for him.

Recent polls have shown that the ruling parties' competing parties have grown in popularity, especially the "Democracy and Progress" and "Future" parties, which were recently launched by former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and former Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu, after they separated from the ruling Justice and Development Party.

The deputy leader of the opposition "Future" party, Seljuk Ozdag, said that Erdogan's plan to hold early elections is based on "pushing the media subject to him, as well as the electronic army on social media, to create a vision of the need for the country to go to the early elections in November Next or in May 2021, due to Erdogan's fear that his party's supporters will turn to other parties and the resentment that prevails even within the party itself and the increase in the popularity of its competitors due to the government's performance during the crisis (Corona) and caused it to exacerbate unemployment and inflation problems and increase the number of poor people, As well as lack of transparency ».

And Ozdag pointed out that the voters before "had no alternative to the Justice and Development Party, and therefore they were forced to vote for it, but now there are two new parties that represent hope for the Turkish people."

A recent opinion poll revealed that the votes for Erdogan's party fell by 7 percent, to 35.8 percent.



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