Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: The race for the presidency

The CHP candidate can be dangerous to Erdoğan.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: The race for the presidency
The CHP candidate can be dangerous to Erdoğan. June 16, 2018, 19:30 UhrEditiert on June 16 2018, 19:30 UhrDIE time no 25/201860 comments

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No matter what President Erdoğan says or does, his prehistory follows him like his shadow. At beginning of his career he was a mediocre politician. "We are blacks of Turkey," he said, in order to embrace oppressed, and promised to be man for all those who would have no one. Today he is on road with 45-wagon column and bodyguard Army, when he is not crouching in his magnificent palace, which he built himself. Erdoğan says he has come to power in fight against headlines. Meanwhile, he controls all media.

Can Dündar

Is editor-in-chief of newly founded web portal Özgürüz in Germany. He writes for time a weekly column about crisis in Turkey.

In great race for presidency, he now acts against his own past. Muharrem Ince, candidate of CHP, is as much equal to him as a speaker as a polemicist. He has all features that Erdoğan once brought to power. He represents " ors" who made Erdoğan " black" in country. He moves without bodyguards among people. If he wins election, he will convert Erdoğan's Megapalast to a university, physics teacher and son of a motorist promises. In "fight against headlines" that Erdoğan dictates, Ince marches to power.

However, Erdoğan acts when he rages at lectern, like an exhausted high-level politician, who, after 16 years in power, ran out of promises. He commits mistakes about mistakes, writes himself to factories which he has not opened, forgets names of cities in which he is straight, silently when teleprompter strikes.

This article comes from time No. 25/2018. Here you can read entire output.

Ince, on or hand, has been a challenger for a month, traveling with enormous energy and growing popularity across country. It promises to Turkey, which has enough of noise and strife, peace and reconciliation. Erdoğan announces to open district tea houses when elected, but Ince speaks of "nano-technology and robotic coordinate system", but above all "bread" and "work". With envy and rage, Erdoğan watches as his strongest opponent climbs stairs that once led him to power.

From Turkish by Sabine Adatepe

Updated Date: 17 June 2018, 12:02

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