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Local elections on March 30, which had a 90 percent participation rate, were seen as a vote of confidence for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey is the successor of the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed after World War I. Military officials and political elites, who were influenced by the fascism and National Socialism dominant in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, shaped the constitutional order of the young republic.Much support for Erdogan is thus a reaction to the old political elites and their allies.The results of Turkey's elections since 2002 show that while the AKP has been supported in all regions of the country, the support for the opposition bloc formed by the old political elites has been limited to western coastal cities, which are populated mainly by middle- and high-income citizens.Including the Kurdish political movement, more than 80 percent of the country rejects the ideological, cultural and political preferences of the old political elite. While the old political elites have endeavored to block democratic politics, supporters of democracy have begun to question the legitimacy of these elites.
Erdogan benefits from an anti-elite mood in Turkey
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