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Presidential bid

This could be a good choice for people wanting to see the back of Erdogan ,having a strong Kurdish candidate . He can't win but will take a lot of votes away from AKP'S choice Erdogan.

Some observers say Demirtaş's candidacy has come as a major challenge to Erdoğan's bid to get elected to the Çankaya Palace in the first round of votes. Erdoğan, whose AK Party won 43 percent of the national vote in the March 30 local elections, desperately needs the support of Kurdish voters for his bid to be elected Turkey's next president. Last month, the HDP declared that it would not support the AK Party's candidate for president, at least in the first round of the vote. The party said it wants to test Turkish and Kurdish voters' support for the HDP in the first round of presidential election. (source zaman)

Also helping is the rift over the CHP/MHP choice has melted away contary to what Erdogan's son in laws propaganda paper THE SABAH is trying to push

The resistance from the small neo-nationalist faction within the Republican Peoples' Party (CHP) against the nomination of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu as a presidential candidate seems to have faded away on Monday with many in the renegade group declining to endorse alternative candidate Emine Ülker Tarhan. source zaman.

Also some of the small parties like the BBP and the DP also support ISANOGLU . The CHP /MHP Candidate.

ERDOGAN will still win because of long list of obstacles put up against the opposition, if it had been a level playing field who knows what would of happened .We have content ourselves with he wont win by the landslide he thinks, which will hurt his massive ego.
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Presidential bid
and have you seen the massive display with which he announced his candidacy yesterday
its been compared with the Ottoman Sultans lavish investitures

heres a great piece from Yalçın Doğan ..lets hope he loses ..theres many a slip twixt cup and lip

He has not yet minted coins in his name
He was only short of girding himself with a sword yesterday in the ceremony that resembled the Ottoman sultans’ enthronement ceremonies. Etiquette was incredibly lavish at Ottoman enthronement ceremonies, which started with Mehmet the Conqueror and lasted until the last sultan Vahdettin.

Yesterday, it was like that; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became a presidential candidate. Such a ceremony for a nomination Turkey has not seen since 1923.

In the Ottoman times, the enthronement of the new sultan was announced with royal decrees (ferman) sent to every corner of the country. Erdoğan’s candidacy yesterday was broadcast live on 17 television channels, in place of the Ottoman ferman.

The Ottoman sultans step outside the iron gate of the Hasoda (The Privy Chamber at Topkapı Palace, after the palace was built) in enthronement ceremonies and proceeded to the throne room, followed by performing “namaz” prayers. Erdoğan yesterday did not do the namaz (daily prayer), but he started his candidacy speech with a prayer and finished it with a prayer.

Enthronement baksheesh

When Ottoman sultans ascend to the throne, they grant an enthronement tip. Erdoğan, before he became a candidate, even though its scope was narrowed the other day, introduced a tax amnesty. He hired thousands of additional staff for the state and for his party.

Prisons are vacated; those who have been unjustly sentenced in the political cases that he had once declared he was the prosecutor of are being released. In connection with the resolution process, new promises are being made to the Kurds.

One man regime

He reiterated in his speech yesterday, “I have never discriminated before. If I am elected, I will be everybody’s president.” However, even in his candidacy ceremony, he excluded the TV stations and newspapers that oppose him; he did not invite them.

In the messages he conveyed, he said he will be a “different president.” Correct, because in a part of his speech he covered a wide range of domestic and foreign politics, from the Kurdish issue, to the economy, as if he was reading a government program. His candidacy speech is like a government program. If he is elected, this is like the messenger of a one-man regime of the presidency and prime ministry together.

While he told members of his party that they will “be together” until the elections, he is simultaneously saying he will not resign from the Prime Ministry. An unequal race is starting.


The inequality is wide-ranged:

1- Such special programming has not been scheduled on TV for Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and Selahattin Demirtaş.

2- Commentators and programs that follow the ceremony are predominantly one sided. You have to look very hard to find criticism.

3- Kemal Kılıçdaoğlu’s parliamentary group speech was cut halfway through yesterday; the TVs instead covered the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) candidacy application to parliamentary speaker Cemil Çiçek.

A mobilization has started for Erdoğan. Even the candidacy is sultan-style. He has not yet minted coins in his name. But these are elections and elections should never be taken for granted.

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