But the president's increasingly dominant political partner, right-wing MHP's leader, Devlet Bahceli, has challenged both the election authority and Erdogan and called for re-election. To Erdogan fold on such an important issue is very noteworthy, and suggests that the requirement for re-election in Istanbul has the support of the strong forces behind the scenes – forces which Erdogan considers it wisest not to challenge.
In a statement on Saturday joined Erdogan in no uncertain terms to the positions Bahceli expressed in a principdeklaration the other day: That there had been skumrask during the elections in Istanbul; to the banned terrorist kurdish guerrillas of the PKK leadership in Iraq called on Istanbul's kurds to vote for the opposition in the elections and the ruling party, the AKP's alliance with the Devlet Bahcelis party is fixed.
retreat for Erdogan's part. After the elections signaled he that the time is ripe for the domestic release of tension and consensus between the AKP, the liberal opposition, the conservatives, the nationalists, and – implicitly – the kurds. Bahceli argued almost immediately that no such alliances are up to date and that the only combination of parties that can lead the country is the AKP-MHP.
The formal decision in terms of a repetition of elections is taken by the electoral board on Monday, but that Erdogan joined the Bahcelis position is a sign that he does not see any opportunities to defy his will. A well-known Turkish cultural personality that is close to the opposition party CHP, says to dagens nyheter:
– this means in practice is that the democratic hopes engendered by the election victory dashed. The political decisions are taken not by the elected, but by a military and security personnel that make up the closed rooms. We are facing the dramatic and tragic events. Bahceli is the strong man now, not Erdogan.
the local elections in Turkey took place on 31 march. Erdogan's ak party lost power in both Ankara and Istanbul to the opposition party CHP.