Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
A tough election ahead
President Erdoğan could be facing a tough battle to win the Turkey elections on the 24th of June.
That’s according to recent polls.
It comes as the lira has plunged in value and with soaring inflation, it makes it very difficult for the 64 year old for the first time in his 15 years leading the country.
According to this opinion poll for the parliamentary election, it shows that Erdoğan might not win the first round with less than 50 percent together with the Nationalist Movement Party.
This means there could be a run-off between the Republican People’s Party, CHP with Edroğan’s biggest challenger Muharrem Ince seen here. The 54 year old has become well known through his heated speeches.
In this presidential election opinion poll, Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) could also lose the outright majority in parliament. It seems Edroğan’s AK party cannot win on its own.
The election’s uncertain outcome accelerates an economic downtrend which comes as people say the nation’s most important problem is the economy.
Erdoğan was hoping to slow it down by announcing early elections but his strategy hasn’t seemed to have worked.
Source: Euro News
GOV.UK – Travel Advice Turkey
Here is the current travel advice from GOV.UK for visitors to Turkey during the election.
Still current at: 16 June 2018 Updated: 1 June 2018 Latest update:
Summary section – presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.
10-year-old boy drowns in river near Seydikemer
A 10 year old boy drowned today in the river at Eşen near Seydikemer.
Emergency services were called to the scene when Mujammet Kaya, who had gone swimming with three friends in the Eşen Creek, didn’t resurface.
His body was recovered from the river after two hours by a team from AKUT search and rescue.
An investigation into the incident has been launched.
Seydikemer’in Eşen mahallesinde bulunan Eşen çayına yüzmek için giren 10 yaşındaki Muhammet Kaya’nın cesedi bulundu.. Öğle saatlerinde çaya giren Kaya’yı aramak için Akut Fethiye ve Kaş ekibi tarafından kurtarma çalışması yapıldı.
Posted by Fethiye Haber Ajansı on Friday, June 15, 2018
Luxury yacht destroyed by fire in Bodrum
A 12 metre luxury motor yacht was deserted by fire off the coast of Bodrum on Friday. The captain of the vessel called the coastguard but it was too late to save the boat.
Bodrum'da lüks tekne küle döndü🎥 [Video]Muğla’nın Bodrum ilçesinde denize açılan 12 metrelik lüks tekne yanarak kül oldu.
Posted by İhlas Haber Ajansı (İHA) on Friday, June 15, 2018
Locals flock to the beaches for Ramazan Bayramı
Muğla was flood with locals over the weekend as they headed for the beaches for the three day Ramazan bayram holiday. Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Datça were the busiest where visitor levels reached up to ten times the norm for this time of year.
Visitors into Fethiye town yesterday enjoyed almost empty streets.
The same couldn’t be said for Belcekiz beach at Ölüdeniz
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Here are the positions on the Fethiyespor board for the coming year after the recent elections.
For more information please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar
A victory for St Trinian’s
Evening temperatures of 30 degrees didn’t stop the hardy St. Trinian team from winning their netball match last Thursday arranged by local residents at Cafe Pazar in Çalış.
The final score was 12 – 5, a win for the reds (St. Trinians).
A great night was had by all.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 6.27 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.98 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.46 TL.
The Euro bought 5.48 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.25 TL.
There was the most astounding lightening storm in Çalış on Friday evening. This great shot was captured by Hülya Yamanoğlu on her phone.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.