The opposition’s wasted opportunity

The opposition’s wasted opportunityPrime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan has become the first president elected by popular vote. We had already foreseen this.

However, the result of the election stemmed from the failure of the opposition, rather than ErdoIan’s success. As the presidential candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), ErdoIan preserved the 20 million votes his party received in the March 30 local elections.

But the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) together garnered 5 million fewer votes than it did on March 30 — down to 15 million from 20 million. The numbers don’t lie.

We did not expect this much [of a decrease]. Let me put it in another way.

The CHP-MHP block matched the AK Party’s votes in the March 30 local elections for the first time in 12 years. So the presidential race kicked off with the AK Party and the opposition standing equally at 43.

5 percent (based on the provincial administrations’ board results). However, the last score recorded on Aug.

10 was 51.8 percent to 38.

5 percent. Both opposition parties should face the fact that in the four months since the local elections they wasted a historic opportunity.

(ASLI AYDINTAIBAI, MILLIYET.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman