Dubai – Al Arabiya.net
Published in: May 13, 2023: 01:36 PM GST
Last updated: May 13, 2023: 02:08 PM GST
“His position is stronger because it offers tangible achievements and prospects for development,” the source told “TASS” agency, noting that it has become clear that “undecided voters tend to vote for Erdogan, because the opposition’s arguments do not appeal to them.”
The source also indicated that the possibility of large-scale demonstrations or clashes in Turkey after the elections and the loss of one of the political parties will be negligible.-
“It is not expected that the loss of the opposition or the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will lead to any mass demonstrations or negative consequences,” he said.-
The source considered that the possibility of local protests exists, especially if the opposition loses, as this will cause a high level of tension in society, and people may try to express their dissatisfaction in this way. The source continued that if there is a risk of an increase in tension and protest actions, they will be effectively thwarted.
Likewise, the source ruled out that Erdogan’s loss would lead his supporters to take to the streets, pointing out that the reaction of the voters to the loss of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s candidates in the Istanbul and Ankara municipal elections is evidence of this, as winning the leadership of these cities for Erdogan is very important, but the heads of Opposition municipalities won it, and there was no “destabilizing reaction”.
Only 3 candidates are running in the presidential race in Turkey, Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu, and Sinan Ogan, after Muharram Ince withdrew his candidacy request on Thursday.