Turkey’s ruling party turns to economic ‘tricks’ as polls loom

Source:Financial Times Date:08Feb2019

“Traditional means of doling out the pork are out,” said Atilla Yesilada, an Istanbul-based analyst at the consultancy GlobalSource partners. “Instead we see tricks.”

Those tricks have ranged from leaning heavily on the country’s state banks to pressing retailers to hold down their prices. But some analysts wonder whether such an approach will last, or whether a nervous president will eventually revert to more conventional spending tactics — to win whatever the cost.