NYTimes: A Rival for Erdogan Emerges as Opposition Parties Pick a Candidate


President Tayyip Erdogan has a new opponent in the form of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who leads Turkey’s opposition party. Kilicdaroglu is campaigning on the return of democracy and promises to limit the power of the Presidency that Erdogan has significantly bolstered during his tenure. He is preaching peace and consultation, which are highly antithetical to Erdogan’s actions so far. However, the upset will not be easy. Erdogan has a very faithful conservative base, and the opposition party has often been criticized for a lack of unity. Additionally, there is some conflict within the opposition about whether Kilicdaroglu is the proper candidate to replace Erdogan, which could critically impact their ability to claim power. To read the full article, click here. To read more about policy, click here.

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