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Turkey votes in runoff election; Erdogan positioned to extend rule

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By Ece Toksabay and Daren Butler

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Let's count the votes, respect the will of Turkish people, most believe they prefer their TRUE fiduciary in Erdogan, rather than a US EU puppet.

Their "true fiduciary" lost them 9/10ths the value of their currency.

No surprise countries of Global South, not interested in Democracy, US and others like EU simply to destabilizing in random manner. Erdogan has strong story to TELL these counties, especially Muslim counties about the fundamentally corrupt nature of US inspired Democracy.

Well no argument that the muslim countries have a troubled relationship with democracy.

Sad US destabilization & transnationalism's destroying so much long-term Democratic Goodwill Globally, though not in Bejing, as they're Loving chaos Democracy.

And thank you for acknowledging that China under the CCP has nothing to do with democracy.

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Erdogan locked up his most popular opponent to stop him from running and now he’s still tied with another guy?! What do they call that?!

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Expect Erdogan to win BIG. Turkish Voters VERY unhappy about EU and US efforts to destabilize Erdogan's Govt., especially attacks on the Turkish currency and support provided to his opponent.

If it is US "attacks" on the Lira that led to it losing 9/10ths of its value, then expect more such "attacks" if the despot continues in power.

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Clay

Let's count the votes, respect the will of Turkish people, most believe they prefer their TRUE fiduciary in Erdogan, rather than a US EU puppet.

A US puppet? Please explain, with links.

No surprise countries of Global South, not interested in Democracy, US and others like EU simply to destabilizing in random manner.

How so? Please explain, with links.

Erdogan has strong story to TELL these counties, especially Muslim counties about the fundamentally corrupt nature of US inspired Democracy.

Turkey's democracy had nothing to do with the US, and much more to do with Atatürk.

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Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and now Turkey.

You always harp on the US having relationships with despots. Seems you would think this is good for the US to be rid of them.

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Let's remember that Erdogan gave the White Bloc the opportunity to accept an unapologetically Muslim state into it as an equal, and was rejected. And because the people of Turkiye rejected the expectation that they would react to that rejection by becoming meek, apologetic Muslims, the White Bloc has made many attempts to force that reaction on them, just like it has tried to force that reaction on the people of Iran and eastern Ukrainians.

Not sure what the White Bloc is, but if it refers to the OECD, there are plenty of nonwhite people in there. Japan is in there, for example. As for being apologetic, the only ask was that they not be Islamist, which Ataturk was committed to and modern day Turkey has abandoned.

The problem that the White Bloc has is that the majority of the world doesn't accept its dictates anymore.

The OECD is approximately equal in population to India and has a larger GDP than BRICS.

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""Turks began voting on Sunday in a presidential runoff that could see Tayyip Erdogan extend his rule into a third decade and persist with Turkey's increasingly authoritarian path, muscular foreign policy and unorthodox economic governance.""

It's a free election and that's how democracy works, if Erdogan is elected then that's what the majority wants whether we like it or not.

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Very good for Erdogan and Turkey..

They won't kneeling to good old US..

Instead they will being kneeling to China on the other side of the planet and who doesn't really know they exist.

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TokyoLiving

Very good for Erdogan and Turkey..

In some ways, I would agree with you. Looks like Kilicdaroglu broke far right to get votes, and the last thing Turkey needs is a rightist in power. Erdogan is an autocrat isn't good for Turkey, but I'm not sure I'd want a rightist in power either:

party endorsed Kilicdaroglu in the first round but, after his lurch to the right to win nationalist votes, it did not explicitly name him and urged voters rather to reject Erdogan's "one-man regime" in the runoff.

They won't kneeling to good old US..

The US were never part of the picture.

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Very good for Erdogan and Turkey..

They won't kneeling to good old US..

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Expect Erdogan to win BIG. Turkish Voters VERY unhappy about EU and US efforts to destabilize Erdogan's Govt., especially attacks on the Turkish currency and support provided to his opponent.

Imagine, Biden called him a 'Dictator'?! Any surprise Erdogan so busy cultivating relations with China and the Muslim World?!

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Let's remember that Erdogan gave the White Bloc the opportunity to accept an unapologetically Muslim state into it as an equal, and was rejected. And because the people of Turkiye rejected the expectation that they would react to that rejection by becoming meek, apologetic Muslims, the White Bloc has made many attempts to force that reaction on them, just like it has tried to force that reaction on the people of Iran and eastern Ukrainians.

The problem that the White Bloc has is that the majority of the world doesn't accept its dictates anymore.

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Let's count the votes, respect the will of Turkish people, most believe they prefer their TRUE fiduciary in Erdogan, rather than a US EU puppet.

No surprise countries of Global South, not interested in Democracy, US and others like EU simply to destabilizing in random manner. Erdogan has strong story to TELL these counties, especially Muslim counties about the fundamentally corrupt nature of US inspired Democracy.

Sad US destabilization & transnationalism's destroying so much long-term Democratic Goodwill Globally, though not in Bejing, as they're Loving chaos Democracy.

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