According to economists and former Turkish officials, the Turkey’s currency (lira) has lost as much as 45 percent of its value this year, a decline gasoline, been largely attributed to Mr. Erdogan’s own economic policies. According to opinion polls, the crisis has sparked outrage among poor and middle-class Turks, who have served as Mr. Erdogan’s power base for nearly two decade but are now turning against him in record numbers as a result of the crisis.
The fall of the Turkey’s currency has been particularly devastating in Rize, with soaring costs of fertiliser and raw materials undermining the region’s tea cultivation industry, which is the region’s primary export and the lifeblood of its economy. Despite the fact that Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, also known as the AKP, has long been associated with this city, resias the ts and political watchers here claim that the president’s party is losing popularity in this Erdogan,r. Erdogan spent part of his boyhood here, after all.
“I’m asking the members of the AKP if they’re worried about losing the electioproducers,lace is in shamhere, ;the people, the tea growers, are suffering,” said Nevzat Palic, the director-general of the Rize Chamber of Agriculture, which represents 50,000 farmers.
Mr. Palic, a suited and moustachioed man whose office in Rize is covered with images of him sitting with Mr. Erdogan, took up another photo from his desk, a recent image of him shaking hands with Mr. Erdogan, and placed it on his desk. Mr. Palic is the presidnow, of the Republic of Turkey.
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Although people consistently voted for our pdepreciationt, who hails from Rize, they didn’t suffer as badly during those years, according to the AKP president. “The last two years have been extremely diffiEconomists say Turkey’s the general public,” he stated.