Turkey’s election will put Erdogan to the test

Major challenges are confronting Erdogan and the AKP in the upcoming June 7 election, particularly the faltering economy and the rising pro-Kurdish coalition, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), a Financial Times article notes. Many conservatives are losing faith in the AKP due to the devaluation of the lira, high unemployment and slowing economic growth. Meanwhile, the HDP is attracting secular Turks, liberals and leftist activists. If the HDP garners 10 percent of the vote, which would push it past the parliamentary threshold, the AKP stands to lose out on approximately 60 seats.


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