Turkey’s Timely Elections: Erdoğanism Without Erdoğan Now?

BY: Arab Digest

Opponents hope to see Turkey's president gone, but Erdoğanism could persist even if he loses elections.

Elections on 14 May with increased campaigning due to a deadly earthquake that killed over 46,000 people in Turkey and Syria.

Erdoğan angry at criticism, state of emergency in 10 provinces declared, possible election delay if opposition victory likely.

Pre-quake polls showed AKP-MHP alliance strong, even if opposition wins presidency, it may not control legislature.

Erdoğan is still popular, but trails behind potential opposition candidates. İmamoğlu's ban clears the road for Kılıçdaroğlu.

Opposition has multiple contenders to challenge Erdogan, but Kılıçdaroğlu sees himself as the anointed one due to seniority.

Opposition's unity candidate likely to be Kılıçdaroğlu, but government media will attack him as old and weak.

The government may use sectarianism against Kılıçdaroğlu, who is an Alevi of Kurdish origin, as the AKP has done before.