OPINION: Turkey’s AK Party gives birth to twins
How do Davutoglu and Babacan rate in the polls? What could be Erdogan’s counter-strategy? Will Turkey face early elections in 2020?
Turkey’s venerable Islamist tradition split after a 20 year hiatus, with former AK Party heavyweights Prof Davutoglu (former PM) and Ali Babacan (ex-economy minister) launching parties. Both appeal to different frustrated constituencies in AK Party and advocate a return to the parliamentary system. President Erdogan has so far dealt with the threat by intimation and blackmail. But, declining party membership and objections from rank and file suggests he has a tough race ahead of him. How do Davutoglu and Babacan rate in the polls? What could be Erdogan’s counter-strategy? Will Turkey face early elections in 2020?
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