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Turkey’s opposition faces Erdogan’s ire as economic crisis muddles election timetable

Opposition parties are under growing pressure as Turkey waits to see if Recep Tayyip Erdogan will call early elections despite skyrocketing prices.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech following a cabinet meeting, in Ankara, on June 9, 2020.

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week raised the pressure on the opposition with veiled threats of clashes in the streets in response to protests against his rule.

Facing elections at some point in the next 18 months, coupled with the worst economic crisis of his nearly 20-year rule, the president is looking to neutralize the threat from an opposition that seems well-positioned to challenge him, according to analysts.

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