Even a Recep Tayyip Erdogan can not set the laws of nature of the policy period. After 16 years in Power, a change of mood sweeps his party, the AKP, from the city halls of Ankara and Istanbul. The outcome of the Turkish local elections shows that the spirit of the democracy in Turkey is still alive. There is a force that can stop the victory March of the populists, in Turkey as well as in Slovakia, where this weekend the liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova won the presidential election. This power of the voters.
The Turks have in some cities, the change in power and enforced - despite Erdogan's almost total control over the media
in Spite of Erdogan's almost total control over the media and the state apparatus, the Turks have a peaceful transition in some of the largest cities in the country makes enforced. The exchange in the town halls take place in the Turkey of today is not a matter of course. A few days ago had Erdogan threatened that he would leave a successful opposition politician simply settle back. The System Erdogan provides no power loss for the President or the ACP.
Therefore, it was for Erdogan and the AKP on election night in for a rude awakening. To the number of voters that turned away from the ACP was that the government could umfrisieren the unwelcome results simple: The largest cities in the country are now in the hands of the Opposition. Possible because of the poor economic situation, the cost the AKP a lot of votes, and by the decision of the pro-Kurdish party HDP, to assist in the metropolises of the bourgeois parties against Erdogan.
These factors are important, but even more important is that, in Turkey, something fundamental in motion. Istanbul and Ankara, which is home to around a third of all Turkish voters, were ruled for 25 years by Islamic-conservative politicians. Up to this Sunday. Now Erdogan has lost for the first Time in his long career, a choice that he himself had stylized to vote on his policies. He has assessed for the first Time, the mood of the electorate wrong. Erdogan, the Populist par excellence, has gambled away.
Erdogan's strategy, blaming economic problems obscure forces abroad, did not work
His defeat, therefore, is also a warning to other populists, as he is a strong polarisation of society. A long time, Erdogan went so very well. This recipe has failed because many voters had had enough of the constant hostility.
Erdogan's populist economic policy has received a damper. Over the years he drove with the cheap money the international credit markets on the economy. Heed the experts ' warnings he ignored. Negative consequences, such as the crash of the Lira in the past year, he explained to the vile attacks of dark forces from abroad. On Sunday have given him a lot of voters that they give him the blame for the problems.
In the metropolis of Istanbul, the opposition politicians won Ekrem imamoğlu, a man of quiet sounds. The rate of the Slovak election winner Caputova, according to which choice wins, even without "populist and aggressive vocabulary" is possible, it could also come from imamoğlu, the Anti-Erdogan.More about
local election in Turkey, Erdogan's party loses, probably Ankara and Istanbul
The election night, has made Turkey a strong democracy. But the Turks have of themselves and of the world have shown that nozzle is also a powerful politician like Erdogan, the wings, if you think it is right. This can be a sign of hope to congratulate the country only.