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The Turkish Gandhi: Who is Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu the Potential Next President of Turkey?

After a twenty-year tenure in power, the current economic crisis in Turkey seems to favor Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu as the country's next president.

Erdogan’s popularity has immensely suffered lately due to the unprecedented inflation crisis affecting the country. This made it challenging for him to win over the hearts of the Turkish people for the next presidential term. 

The 74-year-old man currently leading the Republican Party promises his constituents freedom and equality of treatment before the law.

Besides, the image of his opponent, the current president of the country, continues to suffer damage. Who is this politician, and how can he possibly rule Turkey?


Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who is He?

"A man with no charisma." Those were the words implied by Turkish media for years when referring to Kılıçdaroğlu. Born on December 17, 1948, in Tunceli, the leader in the polls is the face of the principal opposition led against President Tayyip Erdoğan. 

Kılıçdaroğlu has perpetually shown criticism regarding Erdoğan's latest actions and policies, especially on themes regarding freedom of speech and equality between men and women.

Yet, for years, the statesman was perceived as a terrible candidate by the media of the Turkish Republic. His communication style was pointed out and described as overly formal. For them, the politician lacked emotional appeal to connect with the people of Turkey. 

While his communication was an obstruction to his popularity, his commitment to democratic values helped him gain credibility amongst the general public.


Kılıçdaroğlu: Declared Winner of the Election in the Polls?

Approximately 61 million Turkish voters are anticipated to participate in the election next month. The coming presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey have seen a robust union develop among six opposition parties, all headed by Kılıçdaroğlu. 

From what most polls have shown, Kılıçdaroğlu is ready to prevail in the election. Many citizens are said to have grown bolstered by the authoritarian approach of Erdogan, which has increased the opposition's chances of securing a win.

However, Erodgan is still very close to his opposition in the polls. He has 40% of the votes, considering the ones published this week, which is enough to win the election


Edited by Adedamola Aregbesola

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