June 24, 2018 instead of late 2019: that’s the date decided for Turkey’s “snap presidential and parliamentary elections”, called by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political partner from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli.
- The Conversation
The elections are needed by the incumbent president, who wants to maintain his position and stay in power.
- AKP’s weaknesses
Erdoğan has to deal with several issues that have recently weakened his party and leadership both domestically and abroad.
The economy, formerly a winning card for the AKP, has unexpectedly weakened and started to turn into the party’s Achilles’ heel – the…