A new poll predicts Erdogan’s defeat in Istanbul

A new poll predicts Erdogan’s defeat in Istanbul


Shock for the government

Erdogan accuses Gulen of “doing the bidding of dark centers”

In AKP they elevate Erdogan to Kemal Ataturk’s stature.

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

Shock has been caused to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “political camp” from the results of the poll by a large turkish research firm, 2 months before the public elections, which predict that the governing party of Justice and Development is likely to lose the municipality of Istanbul.

The turkish firm SONAR reports that the candidate of the Republican People’s party, Mustafa Sarigul, gathers 42.5% (CHP) of the votes, while the current mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas, of the Justice and Development party (AKP) comes second with 42.2%.

It is the first time since 1994, when Erdogan had been elected as mayor, that islamists have dropped to the second place in the polls, in the 17-million-people city of Istanbul. For 20 years now the municipality of Turkey’s largest city has been controlled by islamic-affiliated parties.

In case of AKP’s defeat in this municipality, a major blow will have been given to the government that tries to recover from the corruption scandals that have led four ministers to their resignation.

“Erdogan unjustly blames CHP’s candidate in Istanbul for being implicated to corruption scandals. Sarigul has been vindicated by the courts of law on all accounts. From the actions and the “mud” the prime minister throws i understand that he is afraid of something. And in fact he is mainly afraid of the possibility if a defeat”, reports Ertuğrul Özkök in the newspaper Hürriyet.

Moreover, SONAR has announced that the electoral power of all parties in all of Turkey, reporting a drop to AKP’s percentages, which despite that still remains first power with 43.7%, with CHP following with 29.8%. The last poll that had been conducted in July of 2013, attributed 47.3% to AKP and 25.1% to CHP.

Erdogan to Gulen: “You serve international dark centers”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a few hours before his departure from Ankara with Teheran as his destination for an official visit to Iran, he used harsh language to speak against the islamic Order of Fethullah Gulen.

While addressing to the parliamentary group of his party, the Turkish Prime Minister claimed that “this organization (Gulen’s order) chose to become the subordinate of Turkey’s adversaries, serving dark centers. It causes fear, how a movement, an organization, has taken such a hostile stance against its own country. It serves international dark centers. However, let them remember that “Islam is not anyone’s monopoly”.

Erdogan accused Gulen’s order of acting as apolitical party and argued that “the biggest robbery, the biggest corruption is the robbing of the public’s will”.

They try to equate Erdogan to Kemal Ataturk.

In the electoral campaign however, AKP changes Erdogan’s title when it refers to his name. According to the newspaper Taraf, until today the Prime Minister was announced to the electoral gatherings as “the international strong leader”. After the developments, the dispute with Gulen, and the Turkish Prime Minister’s claim of a “coup”, Erdogan’s title has changed to “the leader of the fight for the independence of a strong Turkey”. The only leader of the fight of Turkey’s independence ( Ιstiklal Savaşı), until today, was considered to be Kemal Ataturk, who founded the Turkish Republic. Erdogan’s staff seems to be trying to equate the Turkish Prime Minister significance in the history of Turkey with the impact Kemal Ataturk had.