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Turkey's political realities clash with Erdogan’s 2023 dreams

To win the next election, Erdogan must change the election laws but also find more popular political allies. His AKP party's current coalition with the ultra-nationalists is becoming a liability for his goal of re-election in 2023.

Since the last elections in 2019, two debates have dominated the Turkish political scene: the possibility of early elections and a new electoral system. Opposition parties have been calling for an early election while the government repeatedly initiates discussions about new election regulations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he was departing for the UN General Assembly gathering in New York, told the press that his AKP party will send the new election proposal to the Parliament to upon his return. The new law needs to be confirmed at least a year prior to the election day, according to existing laws. Senior AKP officials have been telling the public the new electoral law needs to be finalized by June 2022. Although it has almost become a tradition that the government will revise the rules of the game each electoral cycle, this time the public has been kept in the dark as to what the new system will be like, as polls show a gradual decline of AKP's popularity. 

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