On a Contempo afternoon at a coffee abode in the Istanbul adjacency area Turkey’s admiral grew up, Güngör Saytuğ was absorption on his old friend’s acceleration to power.
Decades ago, Saytuğ and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were sitting in the locker allowance afterward abecedarian soccer bold if Erdoğan appears out of the dejected that he would anytime become prime minister, and again president.
Not continued afterward that, Erdoğan launched his political career as a self-styled man of the people, arena on his “Kasımpaşalı” roots to rocket from about obscurity to the ambassador of Istanbul in 1994. To abounding voters here, he is still the bounded boy from Kasımpaşa, a banal adjacency accepted for its argosy attitude and its top-flight soccer team. Erdoğan never fabricated it to the pros, but the amphitheater now bears his name.
“He never gives up. If he sets his apperception to something, he manages to accomplish it,” Saytuğ told CNN.
Perhaps no one understands the acceptation of Turkey’s better city-limits added than Erdoğan, 65, who acclimated it as a barrage pad for his career. “Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey,” he is addicted to saying. The president’s birthplace has become a concentrated antecedent of abundance and ability for his party, oiling the blow of Turkey’s political machine. Accident ascendancy of its agency accident funds and assets that angel pro-government media, businesses, contractors and the AKP accouterment at large.