The main opposition party’s leader is not aiming to win, as he knows that he can’t be elected president; but what he does want is a majority in Parliament and a return to the old system. This goal shows the country how disengaged he really is.
The Westerners, who have been trying to remove Mr. Erdogan from power for the past five years, are actually building their own case for why the West lost Turkey.
Gul is making the wrong choice for his political career if he dares to be the joint candidate of the opposition bloc as the news reports suggest.
The opposition parties will use all reasonable efforts in the upcoming elections because they know that there will be no room left for them in the emerging political arena unless they find a candidate to compete against President Erdogan.
The upcoming elections are important for Turkey as the presidential system will become fully operational after the vote and the government would be fully focused on domestic and external problems, but there are challenges for both the Popular Alliance and the opposition parties.
The airstrikes conducted by the U.S., U.K., and France are not events that will be able to deter the relationship between Turkey and Russia.
Joint airstrike by the U.S., France and U.K. after the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons in Douma is a ticket back to the table for the U.S., French and British leaders.
Critics would like to blame shifts in Turkish foreign policy on ideology, but it’s national interest that drives Ankara’s key decisions.
“Let’s make one thing clear: Turkey’s decision to work more closely with Russia without severing its ties to the Western alliance was not an act of opportunism. The United States, the European Union and NATO created this situation by failing to treat Turkey like an ally for the past five years.”
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