US newspaper wonders: Will the Turkish Erdogan era end?

An article written by Allon Ben-Meir, professor of International Relations at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, told the American newspaper "Jaminar" that the results of the local elections held on March 31 in Turkey marked a major shift in public sentiment towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ben-Meir says in his article that Turkey's turbulent economic crisis and Erdogan's inefficiency in dealing with it have played a role in the AKP's losses in five of the country's largest cities.

"The other main factors that directly contributed to Erdogan's general disgust were his authority and his dictatorship," says Ben-Meir.

The writer notes that Erdogan has expelled about 125,800 government employees and about 446,000 have exposed to harsh interrogations as part of an unprecedented campaign, with 17,000 women being imprisoned with more than 700 young children.

Erdogan's growing repression has made opposition parties more aggressive to challenge Erdogan because the changing political winds have already seriously weakened him.

As such, the opposition parties, namely the Republican Peoples' Party and the Democratic Peoples' Party, combined their efforts and took full advantage of public discontent with Erdogan's handling of the economic crisis.

Meanwhile, Erdogan's current partner, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Dult Bhagli, has become very influential on Erdogan and his government, because the coalition is very important for Erdogan to maintain his thorny majority in parliament.

The article points out that this shift in political dynamics is a sign that Erdogan's strong grip on power has faded, stressing that the Turkish president has used his religious credentials to portray himself as a religious man while using religion as a political tool.

The writer also notes that Erdogan's relationship with the West is going through its worst stages, which will be an obstacle to achieving his national ambition.

The article points out that most Turks view Turkey's growing distance from the West as a major setback, while concerned about Erdogan's growing closeness with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the writer, Erdogan's growing rapprochement with Vladimir Putin worries many Turks, and Putin will do anything to undermine US interests in the Middle East, weaken the alliance between the United States and the European Union, and destabilize NATO.



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