Erdogan reportedly keeps reminding his constituents that “they will never have it as good as they had it under him.”
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Ardent supporters such as Tenzile see the crushing of a coup on July 15 as a validation of the enduring grassroots strength of Erdogan 14 years after coming to power. As the prime minister who tripled the size of the economy in a decade and now the most powerful president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the modern Turkish state, Erdogan has beaten the same drum: Stick with me or it will be anarchy, and each time it works.The foiled attempt by a faction of the military to usurp power added to the catalog of insurgencies that Erdogan has put down over the past three years.A surge in the popularity of an opposition Kurdish party last year was followed by a restart of the country's ethnic conflict, a second election and a new parliamentary majority for the AK Party he cofounded and has held power since 2002 .A former mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan, 62, has special appeal for the lower-income class in the city.World Bank figures show gross domestic product per person rose to $10,800 from $3,570 between the AK Party winning the 2002 election and when the economy started to creak in 2013 and opposition to Erdogan increased.
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