Author: Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan announced that recent local elections were a test of his popularity and he won. What is next?
Erdogan’s ruling party received around 45 percent of the national vote and won in Istanbul and Ankara, running neck-in-neck with the main opposition party.
The art of keeping people on their toes
Tensions were mounting throughout the entire Sunday. Voting stations in the east of Turkey stopped working at 4pm – in the west of the country at 5pm.
The sad news about fatal clashes among voters in Hatay fueled the concerns. By the evening, the knifing among villagers became more of “an armed conflict at the Syrian-Turkish border.”