Erdogan's party begins to decline: New splits looming

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began to fall with the succession of a series of splits in its ranks.

These splits revealed the size of the rifts within the ruling party with Erdogan’s insistence on domination and turning over his allies. 

A Turkish political figure, who is close to Erdogan’s former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said to the Turkish al-Zaman Newspaper that the AKP will witness a number of resignations in the coming period and that Davutoglu is about to announce a new party this month(November).

The politician, whose name is not being released, stated to al-Zaman Newspaper that the resignations are continuing within the AKP in the coming period.

The Member of Parliament of the of the Justice and Development Party Mustafa Yanaroglu has recently resigned at the request of Erdogan after criticizing his policies.

“They made him resign because of his criticism and this weakens the alleged democracy of the Justice Party,” the politician, who is close to Erdogan’s former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, commented on Yanar'sresignation.


“ After the establishment of the new parties, the balance of political life in Turkey will be reversed very much,” he added. “The balance of power will change in Turkey’s political life this month after Davutoglu establishes his party.”

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) witnessed two waves of resignations, the first is the resignation of former Economy Minister Ali Babacan in July and the second is Davutoglu's resignation in August.

Turkish media reported that they were both seeking to establish a new party and were expected to be joined by members who announce every day their defection from the ruling Justice and Development Party.

The multiple resignations in the ranks of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) confirm the widespread rejection of the authoritarian directives of Erdogan and his failed administration in political and economic domains.

The loss of Erdogan’s candidate for the Mayor of Istanbul twice in a row in front of the Turkish opposition candidate reflected the decline in Erdogan’s popularity.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has brought Turkey to the brink of financial bankruptcy. Millions of Turkish citizens are groaning under the burden of taxes, inflation, high prices and the deterioration of the Turkish Lira’s value.

Erdogan made himself as the absolute ruler of Turkey and personally responsible for the treasury, money and even the Central Bank of Turkey.

O. al-Mohammad