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Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think tank, Dr. Aykan Erdemir holds that the upcoming presidential elections might have a big surprise in store for Turkey.
During a video talk with Ahval's Yavuz Baydar and Ilhan Tanir on the newly released FDD report entitled "Erdogan's hostage diplomacy," Erdemir said, "Turkey's opposition will gain a majority in June 24, and the second round will be a close one. This is an educated guess based on polls."
Erdemir - Skepticism - Washington - Turkey - Elections
Erdemir also said there is an "unpronounced skepticism" in Washington over "whether Turkey can have fair and free elections,’’ with many Turkey watchers claiming that Erdoğan will find a way to rig the ballot boxes.
The senior fellow at FDD said he belongs to a small minority that sees "a transformation in electoral psyche in Turkey. We might be all surprised on the night of July 8th. We might be seeing the beginning of a new Turkey which is back on track to becoming a liberal democracy with checks and balances and rule of law."
Erdogan - Opposition - Party - Leader - Election
When asked whether Erdogan would consider serving as a main opposition party leader if he loses the election, Erdemir said, "He has burned bridges not just with the whole of the opposition, but also with many within the [AKP] party. This desperation makes him committed to extra democratic means to sustain his iron grasp on the Turkish political system."
Erdemir said that as the United States gets closer to the November congressional elections, "the pressure from the American public and the U.S. Congress on the U.S. administration to take an action against the Turkish government's unjust detentions of US nationals will increase."
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