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Poll shows Turkey’s opposition bloc 5.5 pct ahead of ruling party alliance

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Turkey’s opposition bloc is 5.5 percent ahead of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) alliance, according to the results of a survey recently conducted by the Piar polling company, the Kronos news website reported on Wednesday.

The survey, which asked respondents “Which party would you vote for if a general election were to be held this Sunday?”, was conducted on 11,406 participants in 40 provinces via SMS message.

The Nation Alliance, consisting of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the nationalist İYİ (Good) Party, managed to secure 40.6 percent of the votes, while the Public Alliance, made up of the ruling AKP and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), garnered only 35.1 percent, with undecided votes distributed among the parties.

The ruling AKP continued to bleed voters with its support declining to as little as 27.8 percent, according to the Piar survey, which showed the CHP receiving 29.6 percent of the vote, while the third most supported party was the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with 11.2 percent of the vote.

According to the results, İYİ stood at 11 percent and the MHP secured only 7.3 percent of the votes, while of the smaller parties, the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) received 3.8 percent and the Future Party (GP) got 3.5 percent of the nationwide vote.

In the last general election held in June 2018, the AKP garnered a nationwide vote of 42.6 percent. However, public surveys have increasingly been showing the party’s public support to be slipping.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose ruling AKP has been in power as a single-party government since 2002, was elected president in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. His election in 2018 was under a presidential system as Turkey switched from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance with a public referendum in 2017.

Under the presidential system, Erdoğan is accused by critics of establishing one-man rule in the country, engaging in massive corruption and using the state’s resources for the benefit of his family and cronies while the Turkish people are overwhelmed by the increasing cost of living caused by the depreciation of the Turkish lira and a record level of inflation at nearly 80 percent.

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