WHY ARE THE MAYORS OF AKP BEING DISMISSED? THE FEAR IS ESCALATINGAKP leaders have been making their plans to win the 2019 election but are disappointed in survey results, so they have started forcing their mayors to resign.
AKP received quite a shock from the survey results of both local and general elections while they were planning to win the 2019 elections, reported by Daily Cumhuriyet.
General support for the party has decreased to 34%, not including undecided voters, and support for local administrations, especially in Ankara and Istanbul, was far below the general support rate for AKP. President Tayyip Erdoğan, who believes the results of the March 2019 local elections will be an indicator of general election results 7 months later, is afraid that even if he is re-elected as president, the party might lose its parliamentary majority.
It has emerged that after the survey results, Tayyip Erdoğan was the one pushing the button for the mayors’ resignation process, starting with Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul. During a party meeting in Afyon, Erdoğan called attention to the risk, “There must not be any disparity between the presidential votes and the general votes; otherwise, we will have problems in Parliament.”
President Erdogan, on the way back from Serbia, also gave a clear signal that he expects Ankara’s 23 year of Mayor, Mr. Melih Gökçek to resign soon.
Another point of concern for the party is that the number of undecided voters is nearly 30%. AKP leaders, who think this situation resembles the outlook in 2001, predict that this will create a basis for new political formations. According to one source, a survey predicts AKP at 34% of the vote, CHP (Republican People’s Party) at between 20-25%, and MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) and HDP (People’s Democratic Party) will fall under the threshold. These numbers do not include undecided voters. Support for local administrations, especially in Ankara and Istanbul, was far below the general support for the party. The point of attention is the prediction about Ankara receiving only half of the general votes, which will be the lowest in the local elections.
Prime Minister to Governors: “Do not obsess over regulations”
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım hosted a dinner for the governors of all 81 provinces. Yıldırım told the governors, “Cruelty is not a part of our values. Do not get stuck between regulations and practices. Do not obsess over formalities. Make mistakes, but do not betray the nation.” During the dinner, Yıldırım discussed these topics:
Cruelty is not a part of our values: “I would like to give you some advice and a warning. We have to take action very carefully, particularly in our struggle against the PKK and FETÖ. Cruelty is not a part of our values.”
Do not betray the nation: “Do not get stuck between regulations and practice. Do not be afraid to make a formality mistake while you are doing the business of the nation. Do not obsess over formalities. You cannot do your job without making some formality mistakes. If you are too careful about avoiding mistakes, you cannot take action. You have to make a choice. Are you going to stick to the regulations, or are you going to take action? Make mistakes, but do not betray the nation.”
Edited by: Sarah Metzker Erdemir