For me, each long domestic vacation is an occasion to getting the current feelings of the people, too. I often stop by the same places that I dropped around before, have a talk with the same people that I previously exchanged opinions with in every encounter, thus, find an opportunity to have a general impression of what people think on a particular subject.
This was the case in my last vacation which took me from Istanbul to Izmir, from there to Ankara and back.
Here is a brief summary of my impressions: It seems that the government made a crucial political mistake by insisting on the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election. People don’t understand reasons of the election annulment, and tend to believe that it is unfair.
Binali Yıldırım, candidate of the ruling party is experiencing this situation in his encounters with people. Everyone in the country has heard what an old woman told him during a visit with his wife as a part of his election campaign. She said: “It would have been better if you had not asked for annulment of the election, wouldn’t it? We wouldn’t expect this from you. We like you very much, but these latest events are wrong.”
The whole of Turkey think like that woman, except a small group of people.
Electoral Council’s decision is like capital punishment