What world press say for Turkiye's local elections?
The general elections of local governments held on March 31 in Turkiye were on the agenda of the world press.
News of world press have commented on the local of the election of Turkiye as the "dissatisfaction of economic situation has reflected in the ballot box".
News of the world press about the results of Turkiye's local elections "pointed to the defeat of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party" that voters have reflected their "dissatisfaction for the economic situation in the ballot box".
"What should have been routine municipality elections morphed into a referendum on Erdoğan’s decade and a half in office as economic woes began to bite into his support," said British the Guardian newspaper.
"The initial election results mark the first significant defeat for the ruling AKP since it first took power in 2002," wrote the newspaper.
"No one is predicting Mr. Erdoğan's imminent demise," said Financial Times.
The 65-year-old remains by far and away the country’s most popular politician and has found his way out of tight spots many times. But the loss of Ankara and a string of economic powerhouses along the country’s south coast, including the industrial city of Adana and the tourism hub of Antalya — sent a clear message to the political alliance led by the AKP.
"President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's party on Sunday was facing defeat in local elections in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and possibly even Istanbul, its largest city, a result that shook the nation as Mr. Erdoğan suffered the first major electoral setback of his decade and a half in power," said American New York Times newspaper.
"After the municipal elections on Sunday, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost control of Ankara and Istanbul," said French newspaper Le Monde.
"The defeat is stinging for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Sunday, March 31, after the end of suspenseful municipal elections, his Justice and Development Party (AKP, Islamic-conservative) lost control over Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the economic and financial heart of the country," said the newspaper.
"Turkiye’s President Tayyip Erdoğan suffered stunning setbacks in local elections as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time since the party’s founding in 2001, possibly complicating his plans to fight back recession," Reuters, the British news agency said Monday.
"Despite eking out majority support across the country, defeat for Erdoğan's Islamist-rooted party in Ankara was a significant blow for the president," said British news agency.
"Sunday’s local elections were widely seen as a gauge of support for Erdoğan as the nation of 81 million faces a daunting economic recession with double-digit inflation, rising food prices, and high unemployment. It was also a first test for Erdoğan, who has been accused of increasingly authoritarian tendencies, since stepping last year into a new presidential role with widely expanded powers," Associated Press wrote.
"Anyone going to sleep tonight in Istanbul?" asked Kati Piri, the rapporteur of the European Union on Turkiye, on twitter.
Criticizing the Turkish ruling party in another twit, Piri said: "Last night proved that an important pillar of Turkey’s democracy is still alive and kicking. Congrats to voters and election observers! Big Q is whether opposition’s win will be officially acknowledged." (ILKHA)