Turkey:Turkey PM faces popularity slide as graft scandal closes in

4 Mar


Istanbul (AFP) – With local polls imminent, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan can still draw tens of thousands to rallies on the campaign trail, but a mounting corruption scandal is doing unprecedented damage to his image.

┬áVoice recordings published online last week — allegedly of Erdogan and his son discussing how to hide large amounts of money — have sparked mass protests and creating rifts within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Analysts say the tapes have the potential to hurt the prime minister at local polls on March 30, a key test of Erdogan’s popularity ahead of a presidential election in August and parliamentary elections next year.

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