Erdogan's loss and Turkey's path to democracy, peaceful coexistence

For the second day in a row, Western media reported Erdogan's dramatic loss, and seemed optimistic about Turkey's future for the post-Erdogan's rule of Istanbul with economic and political weight.

Erdogan's candidate for the Istanbul municipal elections lost Ben Ali Yaldam in the run-off to Akram Emam Oglu. In this context, the Guardian wrote an article entitled "Erdogan's loss in Istanbul could change Turkish politics."

The victory of opposition candidate Akram Emam Oglu in the municipal elections in Istanbul will not change little Turkish politics in the short term, but has the ability to change everything in the long run.

According to the newspaper, the impressive margin is due first to people's sense of injustice caused by the decision to repeat the elections. Part of the vote was directly transferred from the Justice and Development Party candidate to the candidate of the opposition Republican Peoples' Party.

The newspaper says that Oglu has provided a new alternative to the people of Istanbul, who were tired of years of sharp political discourse. As a result, the Imam Oglu's campaign must be closely scrutinized for its global repercussions in the war against dictatorship. It was thus instrumental in uniting the fragmented Turkish opposition, which this time included the Republican Peoples' Party, but also the secular Nationalist Ili Party, as well as the Democratic Peoples' Party

The newspaper also pointed to an important point where the opposition now controls the cities, which represent about 70% of Turkey's GDP, nine of the country's 10 largest urban areas will be judged for five years by a mayor linked to the opposition, with the exception of the Bursa province. The opposition will have the opportunity to dismantle networks of patronage that have helped the AKP to successfully establish itself at the helm of Turkey's policy and restructuring.

More importantly, Sunday's outcome is likely to re-thinking by the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The shock must be very important, and the future of Turkish politics will depend on how this result is interpreted by Erdogan himself and the lessons he will draw from this coup on his political fortunes.

The AKP's future with the MHP may be at stake. One conclusion may be that this alliance has become very restricted to Erdogan. For example, extreme nationalism that affects the administration of Turkish foreign policy is a by-product of this political arrangement as well as a hardline approach to the Kurdish issue at the local and Syrian levels. More importantly, the political leadership may have to question the utility of the extreme centrality of power initiated by the transition to a presidential system a year ago.

The Washington Post reported that Erdogan had bet on winning the disputed Istanbul mayor's election, but lost a heinous loss and far more votes than the first time.

The newspaper noted that it is rare to praise the Turks loyal to the government and opponents alike on Monday to defeat the candidate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan preferred in the race of the Mayor of Istanbul - which the newspaper considered a political earthquake in Turkey as it was a victory for democracy.

"The loss of Istanbul should push Erdogan to re-think," said the British Financial Times.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to focus on development and reforms, the paper said.

She said Erdogan was behind the decision to re-run municipal elections in Istanbul after the ruling AKP candidate Ben Ali Yildirm narrowly lost to opposition candidate Akram Emam Oglu.

The FT said the run-off election witnessed a strong turnout of opposition supporters, a major victory for democracy in Turkey. Erdogan should think carefully about how to deal with this defeat.

In turn, the British Newspaper. The Times called on Erdogan to undertake political reforms after losing his approach to governing the country before it is too late.

The loss was attributed to public anger over the years of Erdogan's "divide and rule" policy and his return to the March elections in an undemocratic manner, won by secularist Imam Oglu.

According to the newspaper, Imam Oglu conducted his campaign in a remarkable manner, extending his hand to the Kurds and reassure the other religious communities in Istanbul.

According to an analysis by the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post, "Erdogan has officially lost Turkey," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not only lost the aura of the invincible person because of the result of Sunday's election, but has lost Turkey without a doubt.

"Erdogan launched his campaign with an entire state apparatus at his side, including most of the media, places and funds, but the AKP has suffered a great loss," wrote Pinhar Trimblay, a visiting scholar at the Polytechnic State University in California, to the Jerusalem Post.

"Erdogan's loss to Turkey is undeniable," he said, adding that four lessons must be taken from the vote. The first is that the Turkish president lost many voters who had long been the base of the AKP, as well as the Kurds who voted against him

Second, after the loss of Ankara and Izmir, and now Istanbul by a large margin, Turkish voters quickly lost their love for Erdogan. "The lack of support for voters means the loss of Erdogan's legitimacy, and he cannot bear the missing votes to talk about his failed policies and their accumulated costs."

Thirdly, Erdogan is likely to use presidential decrees to limit municipal authorities, as we have already seen in some tourist spots, such as Cappadocia, under special protection. According to Trimblay, Istanbul was particularly profitable for the AK Party.

Finally, as Turkey's recession deepens and unemployment increases, people are likely to ask Erdogan and his followers to try.

Trimblay says tough days remain for Turkey, but this time the AKP elite cannot remain immune to the shock.

The New York Times wrote on the subject of "New Dawn in Turkey after the loss of Erdogan Istanbul" and said that the victory of the opposition candidate in Istanbul may tend to Turkey on the way to the coexistence of democracy.

According to the analysis of the newspaper that Istanbul's elected mayor Akram Emam Oglu handed over to the ruling party led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan the biggest defeat for nearly two decades, followed by a peaceful and democratic coexistence with all components of the Turkish state.

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