Erdogan Reaches Out to Minority as He Seeks Election Support




  • In World
  • 2022-11-09 08:40:02Z
  • By Bloomberg
 

(Bloomberg) --

Most Read from Bloomberg

  • Sam Bankman-Fried's $16 Billion Fortune Is Eviscerated in Days

  • Rise of Russia Hardliners Sows Fear In Putin's Elite

  • Hochul Wins NY Governor Race as GOP's Zeldin Refuses to Concede

  • Sam Bankman-Fried Bows to Rescue From Binance's CZ as FTX Buckles

  • Twitter Now Asks Some Fired Workers to Please Come Back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reaching out to a religious minority that could prove key to bolstering wider political support ahead of presidential elections in mid-2023.

Erdogan established a body to regulate affairs of the Alevi religious minority, according to a decree published in Turkey's Official Gazette on Wednesday. Alevis, who are estimated to make up about one-fifth of Turkey's 85 million population, regularly complain of discrimination and tend to support Erdogan's secular rivals.

With polls showing his alliance trailing the opposition, Erdogan needs to mobilize every vote he can ahead of elections only a few months from now.

During the first years of the ruling AK Party government, he had a wider base of support that included some Alevi leaders, Kurdish nationalists and political liberals. But Erdogan's alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party has narrowed his room for maneuver, often forcing the president to appease Islamists and ultranationalists at the expense of others.

The announcement in the gazette said the new body will meet the needs of Alevi houses of worship and support research on Alevi culture, with its chairman picked by Erdogan. Alevis are members of an offshoot of Shiite Islam and are wary of the political Islam championed by Erdogan and his party in the Sunni-majority country.

Some Alevis have criticized the move to set up the body. A group held a protest in Ankara on Tuesday where it called for the government to go a step further and give their houses of worship the same official status as mosques.

Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek

  • Will the No. 2 Movie Theater Chain Find a Happy Ending?

  • Seizing a Russian Superyacht Is Much More Complicated Than You Think

  • Credit Suisse Spinoff Asks If World Needs a New Investment Bank

  • Inflation-Focused Voters Defy Biden's Bid to Change the Subject

©2022 Bloomberg L.P.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Adani Group Has $35 Million in Bond Coupons Due This Week
Adani Group Has $35 Million in Bond Coupons Due This Week

(Bloomberg) -- The conglomerate backed by Indian tycoon Gautam Adani has $34.7 million of coupon payments due this week on its dollar bonds, most of which...

BOJ Deputy Wakatabe Indicates No Policy Change Next Month
BOJ Deputy Wakatabe Indicates No Policy Change Next Month

(Bloomberg) -- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe signaled there will be no policy change next month shortly before the end of his term, in...

Citigroup
Citigroup's Wealth Unit Halts Margin Loans on Adani Securities

(Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc.'s wealth arm has stopped accepting securities of Gautam Adani's group of firms as collateral for margin loans as banks ramp up ...

Stocks Extend Fed-Fueled Rise in Asia; Dollar Dips: Markets Wrap
Stocks Extend Fed-Fueled Rise in Asia; Dollar Dips: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Asian shares advanced with US and Europe futures on Thursday, extending a rally on Wall Street after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said ...

China
China's Proposed IPO Overhaul Comes With Restrictions

(Bloomberg) -- China's planned easing of rules for initial public offerings across all its exchanges comes with restrictions telling bankers that some firms ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World