20/05/2022

THAILAND DAILY

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As Turkey’s Currency Collapses, Erdogan’s Support Sinks Even in His Hometown

RIZE, Turkey—Here in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hometown on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, residents are questioning the leadership of their city’s favorite son amid an economic crisis that is driving up the cost of food, gasoline and medicine.

Turkey’s currency has lost as much as 45% of its value this year, largely triggered by Mr. Erdogan’s own economic policies, economists and former Turkish officials say. The crisis has sparked outrage among poor- and middle-class Turks who have made up Mr. Erdogan’s power base for nearly two decades but are now turning against him in record numbers, opinion polls show.

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