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The president talked to the security forces. They discussed options after the second round of the Turkish presidential elections. #Putin expressed the view, which was supported by almost all participants in the meeting, that #Erdogan...
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would win the election and remain in office for another term. In light of the discussion of this scenario, #Putin said that "now it is time to ask #Erdogan for all his concessions and assistance in getting re-elected". How exactly the #Russian president will "ask" Erdogan...
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and what he will demand he did not specify, but it was clear from the conversation that the #Turkish president now owed him an eternal debt. There was also a discussion of measures to be taken in case #Erdogan loses in the second round. For example, Putin was told that...
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Preliminary observations on #TurkeyElections:
1) The opposition (#Nation bloc) making major gains, including the capital Ankara & Antalya.
2) HDP proved to be kingmakers - swayed votes to the #Nation bloc.
3) AKP losing significant votes & mayors to its #Peoples bloc partner MHP.
Preliminary prediction on #TurkeyElections: AKP cadres have seen that #Erdoğan's strategy of framing the elections around the theme "existential threat" has backfired, and will start complaining of losing votes, municipalities, & spoils to their ultranationalist partner #MHP.
Of #Turkey's 12 largest cities, the opposition is winning at least 7: #Ankara, #İzmir, #Adana, #Antalya, #Mersin, #Eskişehir, & #Diyarbakır. The largest city #Istanbul is a toss-up! #Bursa, too, is too close to call. AKP is losing Turkey's economic power houses. #TurkeyElections
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