Movement of dissent worries Erdogan

Observers believe that the emergence of a party of former friends and influential leaders in the march of the ruling Justice and Development Party(AKP) in Turkey, will give a blow to Erdogan, and the move may encourage other elements of the qualitative elements within the party which Erdogan was able to marginalize them in recent years.


In a report on the situation inside Turkey, Al-Arab newspaper said that the silence of former Turkish President Abdullah Gul has not lasted long to join the list of opponents to his ally the current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

There is widespread talk in Turkey on state of dissent led by Abdullah Gul and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the influential leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who are among the most prominent symbols that have earned the party a popular presence that has enabled it to control political life.

Turkish media reported that Gul and Davutoglu, as well as other party figures (including Ali Baba Jan, a former foreign minister and Mohammad Shimshek, who was deputy prime minister for economic affairs), began forming a new party representing what they say is spiritual the original party.

These circles have not ruled out the new party, which is expected to be headed by Baba Jan to surprise Erdogan's party with rival lists in the upcoming elections.

The dissent movement will lose the party's credibility within the traditional circles that have accompanied it and supported it with confidence.

Erdogan built his unilateral leadership at the head of the party and the state, away any figures considered within Turkey and enjoy the competencies of senior statesmen.

The threat of the new party initiative to the ruling party underscores Erdogan's angry reaction when he said during an election rally before the local elections scheduled for March 31 that some "Friends" jumped from the AKP train and boarded another train. "Those who betray us today will betray us in the future."

Local reports indicate that the new party is nearing completion of political organization in 40 regions in Turkey.

News of the difficulty of the elections for the ruling party is being reported due to the decline in economic indicators and the growing general resentment of Erdogan's internal and external policies.

Some food prices rose to between 300 and 400 percent, forcing Erdogan to ask state wholesalers in Ankara and Istanbul to sell products directly to consumers. The price of the Turkish currency has also had a direct impact on private sector industries, Turkey is supposed to repay an external debt of $ 180 billion in July, equivalent to a quarter of Turkey's economic output.



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