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Turkey’s opposition alliance leaves ruling alliance behind in recent survey

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A recent survey has found that public support for an alliance of opposition parties has exceeded support for an alliance led by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Birgün daily reported on Wednesday. 

The Nation Alliance, consisting of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Good (İYİ) Party, would secure 41.2 percent of the vote against 40 percent for the Public Alliance of the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), according to a tweet from Mehmet Pösteki, general manager of the ORC polling company, on Wednesday.

In the ORC survey, conducted between Nov. 17 and 23, respondents were asked, “Which party would you vote for if a general election were to be held this Sunday?”

According to the results, the top contenders, the AKP and the CHP, garnered 30.9 percent and 25.7 percent, respectively, while the İYİ Party received 15.5 percent of the vote.

The AKP’s partner, the MHP, got 9.1 percent of the vote, while the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) vote stood at 8.4 percent.

The smaller parties, the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), the Future Party (GP) and the Felicity Party (SP), secured 3.7 percent, 2.5 percent, and 1.3 percent, respectively.

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.

Erdoğan, whose ruling AKP has been in power as a single party government since 2002, was elected president in 2014 and reelected in 2018. His election in 2018 was under a presidential system as Turkey switched from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance after a public referendum in 2017. Under the presidential system, Erdoğan is accused of establishing one-man rule, destroying the separation of powers and silencing dissent.

The AKP government launched a massive crackdown on non-loyalist citizens following a failed coup in July 2016 as thousands of people were jailed on trumped-up terrorism or coup charges.

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