British newspaper: problems accumulate on Erdogan before elections

The British Arab Weekly newspaper said that the problems such as the decline in the economy, rising unemployment and the formation of those excluded from the Justice and Development Party to a new party threatens Erdogan and his party's ambitions ahead of municipality's elections that are going to be held in late March.


In an article to the British weekly newspaper "Arab Weekly," Thomas Siebert pointed out that there are a range of pressing problems, including the decline in the economy and the increasing calls by the Turks to send 3.6 million Syrian refugees to their homeland will face the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who risks losing control of Ankara and Istanbul in local elections on March 31.

Seibert said, "As problems continue to accumulate on the "strong man of Turkey" weeks before important municipality's elections, Erdogan continues to deliver several speeches in an attempt to win support for AKP municipal candidates."

The writer wonders: What can Erdogan do with rising the inflation in the country to more than 20 percent since last September, unemployment at more than 12 percent and the depreciation of the Turkish lira against the US dollar?

The writer said that despite the fact that the Turkish president is one of the survived politicians who spent some time in prison for "controversial speech" and faced an attempt to close his party and a coup d'état attempt, Erdogan remains a "controversial figure." He is respected by millions of his followers but rejected by a larger number of other voters.

Siebert points out that AKP former prominent figures such as the former President Abdullah Gul, the former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the former Economy Minister Ali Babacan are working in the new Center-Right Party.

He asserts that this is the reason for whcih a new site called Yeni Bir Parti - A New Party has attracted a lot of attention recently.

And promised a new political organization struggling for many things the AKP had to do, such as promoting democracy, the economy and the rule of law.

"The AKP government is tired," the website said, noting that the people standing behind this initiation were supporters of the Justice and Development Party.

Abdelkader Silvi, a columnist known for his close ties with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) says that the party will be formally established after the municipal elections and preparations for the 2023 presidential election.

Hossein Jessik, an analyst of Turkey's affairs at the Center for Islam and Law in Europe at the University of Erlangen in Germany believes that the way the new Center-Right party being established will have a chance in the country.



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