The image that is shared by many Turks at the Moment in the social media, shows three of the Raki glasses. Three friends toast, and over your glasses is: Izmir, Ankara, Istanbul. The three largest cities in the country, their city halls governed from now on the Opposition. To drink Raki, to drink alcohol at all, which is politically in Turkey. President Erdogan also sees itself as an educator of the Nation and want to break the citizens with higher and higher alcohol, the Drink taxes. The town halls, which led to his ACP, of the contracts in the last time, hardly any alcohol licenses. The CHP, however, the Opposition: Its founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died of cirrhosis of the liver. He loved the Raki.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become vulnerable

the image with the Raki glasses, it is a feeling that many enjoy in Turkey just because they have missed so much. Erdogan, the Almighty, has lost an election. Raki drinking make you hope: Erdogan has become vulnerable, you can’t beat him, he is the fate of this country. It’s a little bit of euphoria is to be found in the Bars of Istanbul.

You need to know about Turkey is that it is not an easy country for dictators. The Republic of Turkey was never a perfect democracy, but the Turks have become accustomed over the decades to certain things: media, Demos, and especially in elections. Politicians, like corrupt and power have been greedy, but the elections were, by and Large, accurate, and free.

Opposition makes its own vote-counting

Erdogan, it was so difficult to get. The longer he reigned the more he worked against the Republican traditions. Editors he was close, Demos, dissolve. And the elections, he had always shameless manipulate. The truth that he has not always won. In the Referendum about the new presidential system in 2017, he had in Istanbul and Ankara is no longer a majority. Already in 2015, his AKP lost the majority in Parliament. The new elections a few months later, and even then, doubt won many, if any of the Figures voted for. Also in the municipal elections on Sunday, he resorted to certain means. In the Kurdish areas, the army and the police stood in front of the polling stations, so that some voters were afraid to be in front of the Select arrested. Everywhere in the country citizens appeared in the Voter’s lists, which were over 120 years old and still the ACP chose.


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A lesson for Erdogan – and a message to his Regime

On Sunday evening witnessed the Turkey, the news Agency “Anadolu Ajansi” published a critical Moment, when suddenly no Figures for Istanbul. The AKP candidate was 4000 votes in the lead and declared itself the winner. The party had even been, thanks to the posters in the city to hang. Especially votes from opposition strongholds in the city were not still counts. The civil society would already be dead, were it not for social media, then Erdogan would have been in order maybe. But the Opposition now makes their own counting, parallel to official election Commission and declared their victory. On Monday, the election Commission had to follow suit. Erdogan had lost Istanbul.

The other Turkey is still alive

The most important message of this election is, perhaps, that the other Turkey is still alive, and that you can still win, that she is not doomed to Lose. But you can look the Morning after in an abyss. Erdogan is elected for four years, with full powers. He can, if he wants a citizen at night to pick up in prison for years. To be a Journalist in Turkey, even after this choice a high risk. To make a joke about the President on Facebook a Erdogan-critical contribution to like to be by anyone as Gulen’s supporters denounced. One of them can ruin a life, and about the President and his people decide. Not A Mayor.

That Erdogan adopted at some point with a defeat in the election simply in the Board, no one believes, not even in Raki-to-noise. The Turks have punished Erdogan, and enjoy this Moment, but the truth is: you are at his mercy as before.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.