Where’s Erdogan? Ticking clock marks his silence after election
In the weeks running up to the vote, the president spoke as often as three times a day - now he is silent
Facebook users in Turkey have been sharing a ticking clock, depicting how long President Tayyip Erdogan has been silent after his ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority two days ago.
In the weeks running up to the vote, the president spoke as often as three times a day, with Turkish television stations usually broadcasting his speeches. However, since losing out, the clock has been ticking for almost 48 hours.
It has been widely shared on social media and has made headline news in Turkey.
"Turkey is enjoying the silence," the Cumhuriyet newspaper, a fierce critic of the government, said on its front page.
The results left Erdogan’s party unable to form a government alone for the first time in more than a decade. He had hoped would deliver a strong enough AKP victory to boost his presidential powers, according to Reuters news agency.
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