Political strategies

The desperate strategies of the Turkish opposition before the elections

Turkey’s opposition parties have been trying to fight the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in power in Turkey for almost 20 years. Usually there is a wave of excitement before an election because opposition parties believe they are going to win, but that passion never turns into strategy.

I think there are important reasons why the opposition has failed to translate its passion for victory and its anger against the government into an electoral strategy. First, the opposition parties spent about four years singing like the cricket in La Fontaine’s fable while the ant worked hard. Secondly, the opposition underestimated the capacity developed by the AK party governmentthe People’s Alliance, the State of Türkiye and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Today, from a rational point of view, Turkey extends its impact through foreign policy. The country is gradually increasing day by day its regional political and economic influence in Western Europe, Africa and Asia. And the AK party is the locomotive behind the new and developing capacity of Türkiye, with 20 years of experience.

leadership ability

Above all, President Erdoğan has personally developed a capacity superior to that of the AKP party and the government. And this ability that the president has developed is visible around the world. When President Erdoğan begins negotiations on a global issue, he takes a results-oriented stance in favor of compromise. Whenever he intervened on issues, whether in Syria, the war between Ukraine and Russia or the grain crisis, even if they were considered the greatest insoluble world problems, the hope of a solution always arose.

The leadership capacity that Erdoğan has developed, although not wanted, is highly respected by the West. Opposition parties underestimated this growing capacity, but struggled to build their own. The main reason why the strategies of the opposition parties are becoming more desperate every day is that they do not properly understand the state of Turkey.

The second important reason is that the opposition parties misinterpreted the expectations of the Turkish people due to their ideological biases, developing an irrational attitude that did not lead to political results. And the third reason is that they have practiced politics without content, without developing a plan for the most basic political components such as the economy, international relations and legal affairs that will bring this opposition group to power.

Hopes of a ‘table for six’ are fading

Over the past six months, the government has crafted solutions in response to one individual preference and one voter demand after another, while the opposition has shown its inability to pull itself together. The opposition did not seize its chance and the successive actions and announcements of the government influenced the masses. Turkish citizens are therefore turning their direction to President Erdoğan and the People’s Alliance rather than the opposition. It would therefore not be wrong to describe the opposition’s strategies as “desperate”.

With all of these considerations in mind, when looking at public opinion poll results for the past four or five months, society has given the Republican People’s Party (CHP) a chance. But the “table for six” could not present an appropriate profile or develop a credible policy, and hopes for the “table of six” began to fade. Due to these dwindling hopes, support for the People’s Alliance began to increase.

If the political atmosphere continues for a few more months, the AKP party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will probably obtain as many votes as in the previous elections. During this time, the opposition, dispersed in about twenty parties, will probably obtain as many votes as during the last election. Therefore, based on the poll data, it can be said that things are not going very well for the opposition.

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