The Economist Times wrote the ruling Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at its worst situation and warned that Erdogan should no longer wait for the support of Kurdish voters because he may lose them forever.
The magazine considers the Turkish people as equal in supporting Erdogan and his opponents, but emphasizes that it is the Kurds who decide which side wins.
The Economist Times has warned Erdogan that banning the activities of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) could not mean drawing Kurds to him, but the Kurds, whose votes are decisive in metropolitan areas such as Ankara and Istanbul, could vote for the opposition.
"If anyone wants to gain power in Turkey, he has to care about the Kurds and be cautious in dealing with them," Wahab Cuskun, an analyst in Diyarbakir, a big Kurdish city in Turkey, told The Economist Times.
But Basak Demirtas, the wife of Selahattin Demirtas, the imprisoned former leader of People's Democratic Party, believes Erdogan's leadership has upset the balance of life for Turkish citizens. "Turks and Kurds can no longer live together in Turkey now. Kurdish representatives are arrested and Kurdish voters are ignored," she told The Economist Times.
According to the Economist Times, Erdogan, frustrated with the Kurds, has joined forces with the nationalists and his ally the National Movement Party (MHP), and is determined to dismantle the legal political current in Turkey and possibly ban the activities of the HDP politicians for 5 years and shut down the HDP office.
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