Turkey’s ruling party eager to win local elections despite grim economy

Source:Xinhua News Agency Date:05Jan2019

Candidates for other provinces and towns were previously announced by the president who faces a strong challenge in large cities because of a slowing economy, high inflation and rising unemployment.

The impact of the inflation which rose to some 22 percent on purchasing power will be surely foremost in consumers minds when they head to the polls in three months.

A survey by Metropoll pollster last month showed Erdogan’s personal approval had fallen below 40 percent, a figure which was around 50 percent 8 months ago.