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What will Kılıçdaroğlu do against Erdoğan?

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President Tayyip Erdoğan effectively started his campaign for re-election in November 2019 with a series of speeches on Aug. 7-9 in the Black Sea cities of Rize, Trabzon and Giresun.

From his speeches, it can be understood that he is considering his campaign strategy in three phases:

* Restructuring the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti): The first thing that Erdoğan did after the April 16 constitutional referendum, which shifted Turkey to an executive presidential system, was to go for an emergency congress on May 21. At that congress he was re-elected as the chairman of the party that he co-founded in 2001, and on Aug. 14 the AK Parti will celebrate its 16th anniversary.

In his May congress speech Erdoğan warned about “material fatigue” within the party, as well as “professional deformation” among some officials who have served long terms. In his recent Black Sea speeches, Erdoğan again stressed that he remained resolute in his warnings, despite the risk of internal reactions. He said he wanted to make some radical changes in the party organization from top to bottom. “If we cannot do this, it will be very difficult to win the elections,” he said. This phase will be completed with a congress in the spring months of 2018.

* Municipal elections: During his Black Sea tour, Erdoğan said a number of times that the first test case of the new structure of the AK Parti would be the municipal elections due to........

© Hürriyet Daily News