NYTimes: Quake Will Not Delay Elections in Turkey, President Says
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who came to power after a poor earthquake response in 1999, assured the Turkish people that the upcoming May Presidential election will go on as planned. While Erdogan has admitted to a lack of adequate response, it is clouded with a consistent re-emphasis on the magnitude of the earthquake. Despite the poor response, and controversy around building code amnesties under Erdogan’s rule, some experts say that his following is so conservative and faithful that they don’t anticipate their support to change in light of the disaster. Additionally, concerns about voter access amid the physical destruction from the earthquake have some calling for extensions and a pushback of the election. To read the full article, click here. To read more about disaster preparedness, click here.