Yesterday, the Turkish people went to the ballot box to elect Turkey’s first directly elected head of state. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had served as Turkey’s prime minister for three consecutive terms, won the election and rose to office to serve for the next five years. I don’t want to talk about Erdogan’s political achievements or his contributions to Turkey; I want to explain why the other candidates could not defeat him despite substantial foreign media pressure and after having already served three-terms as prime minister, which typically erodes the votes of even the most brilliant politician.
A good candidate needs good politics
Erdogan is someone we know. He is someone who does not shy away from sitting on the floor with the poor Anatolian grandfathers and breaking bread with workers in dirty underground tunnelsCeylan Ozbudak