” Playing War Games Ahead of Election”
The Prime Minister is facing municipal elections next Sunday that are widely seen as an unofficial referendum on the government. Erdogan has been under pressure after a string of corruption allegations and has reacted by re-assigning thousands of police officers, judges and prosecutors and by banning access to Twitter, which has been widely used to spread the latest corruption allegations. The Twitter ban has proved to be hugely unpopular.
Some polls say Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is in for a set-back on Sunday, while most polls agree that the AKP will remain Turkey’s strongest party with around 40 per cent of the vote, ten percentage points lower than in the general elections of 2011. A poor showing of the AKP could mean the end of Erdogan’s ambitions to become president in an election scheduled for August.