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Crucial elections in Türkiye: Is Erdogan’s era over?

Crucial elections in Türkiye: Is Erdogan’s era over?

On May 14, Turks will elect their own parliament and president. Shortly before the elections, it was not Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was leading the opinion polls, but his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu. What could Türkiye look like without Erdogan?

“A future without Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is unimaginable,” Duygu Ozkan, foreign policy editor of the Press newspaper, wrote in an editorial. She is now in Türkiye herself to report on the campaign and elections there. In this episode of the news podcast “Presse,” she reports on her experience on the site and explains what’s important about this election.

High inflation, high rents

“People really don’t do a good job,” says Duygu Ozkan of the site’s discussions. High rents and food prices bother many people. Aid has reached the quake zones, but there is still much reconstruction work to be done.

Colorless bureaucrat as a competitor

Ozkan describes the past success of Kılıçdaroğlu and his broad opposition coalition as “one of the biggest surprises in this election campaign.” Whether he will actually keep his many election promises, such as a return to parliamentary democracy, depends, among other things, on the political constellation that prevails after the election. “It is indeed a fateful choice, and this is a hundred years after the founding of the Republic.”

a guest: Duygu Ozkan
Hosting: Christine Maierhofer
Cuts: Audi Channel / Aaron Ulsacher
Source: Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, France 24

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