Opinion polls predict difficult times for Erdogan
Once again, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has argued that he will change the status of the Hagia Sophia from museum to mosque.
“We will not only give free entrance to Agia Sophia. After the election, Agia Sofia will return it to its normal form. What does this mean; That is, we will recall Agia Sophia from the status of the museum and we will bring Agia Sophia to a point that it will be called a mosque! Trump, recognizes Jerusalem as the capital. Isn’t that right; He gives the Golan heights to Israel, does he not? And you will get a response from Turkey!”, Erdogan said in his speech in Istanbul.
In Turkey just a few days remain for the municipal elections on March 31. Polls show that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to lose the municipality of Ankara, which he has been under his control since 1994.
In Istanbul, the ruling party is marginally ahead, but almost all pollsters agree that the AKP-MHP coalition will see a reduction in votes over the presidential election in 2018 where it received 51.6% of the vote.
According to the poll company KOMSAR, the alliance of AKP with MHP in the municipality of Ankara will get 46.11% while the opposition coalition CHP-Iyi Parti 51.88%.
In Istanbul, where Erdogan’s nominee is Turkey’s former Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, Komsar’s sees a marginal victory for AKP-MHP with 50.2%.
The control of the municipalities in Turkey is of great importance as they have enormous responsibilities, from infrastructure, transport, garbage collection to water supply as well as gas supply, which helps to create customer relations and opens the way for tens of thousands of recruits.
The nationalist rhetoric of the last few days is considered to be an attempt to rally conservative voters./ibna