Turkey’s Prime Minister says he has learned a lesson from his ruling party’s disappointing showing in local elections.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party won the contest but fell short of a sweeping victory – the first time its support has slipped in the seven years since it came to power. Analysts say Erdogan has played down the global economic crisis and ignored voters fears. Columnist, Merat Yetkin, said: “Turkish voters gave a very clear message to the governing AK party that its policies had to be revised.” Many Istanbul residents agree the election results have sent a message to the AK party which might also effect its ability to introduce difficult reforms. “This is an awakening of the youth. Erdogan has bene working on some areas but there are others that he hasn’t touched and the impressions it leaves are not good,” said one woman. Turkey’s unemployment is close to a record 14 percent and the 570 billion euro economy is expected to fall into recession this year after years of stellar growth.