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According to analysts at ABN AMRO, for the Turkish markets, aside from the central bank policy issues, geopolitical turbulence and domestic political instability continues.

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“Below we summarize relevant risks to the Turkish market:

  • Since 2017, Turkish S-400 missile system acquisition has worried the United States and other NATO members (see Turkey watch – It is all about reforms, oh, and geopolitics). The Trump administration’s hard-line stance against acquisition threatens to sanction Turkey (under CATSAA legislation) and end its participation in the F-35 fighter jet program, if Ankara proceeds with the purchase.
  • Two bills recently introduced to the U.S. Senate will further test relations. The first bill proposes sanctions against Turkish officials involved in the detention of U.S. citizens; the second bill envisions the creation of an Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership between the U.S., Israel, Greece and Republic of Cyprus (RoC).
  • On the domestic front, political stability remains particularly tenuous with the AKP successfully appealing the electoral board (YSK) to nullify its high-profile loss in Istanbul; an effort resulting in protests and small-scale scuffles in the past month. The nullification is indicative of further erosion of Turkey’s democratic politics, in particular, its credible elections. Re-runs are scheduled for 23 June.
  • Within the AKP, the nullification has reportedly caused a split between Erdogan loyalists and those concerned over its political-motivation, believing it should have never been pursued in the first place.
  • Furthermore, a spat is rumoured between Erdogan and Minister of Finance Albayrak over proposed changes to FX reserve calculations; a replacement is indicative of increased AKP-rule over fiscal and monetary policy, triggering further negative responses in Turkish markets.”