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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 July 2018

Turkish strongman Erdogan is losing his grip in elections

Reads discuss the World Cup, Turkey, Iran and the British ambassador to the UAE

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold scarfs during a campaign rally. Erdem Sahin / EPA
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold scarfs during a campaign rally. Erdem Sahin / EPA

In reference to your article Simmering resentment in southeastern Turkey threatens Erdogan’s presidential plans (June 19), Mat Nashed’s thoughtful piece on the ongoing political crisis in Turkey was an excellent read. It appears Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is losing his grip on the recent military operations against the Kurds. Fresh presidential elections – brought forward unexpectedly by Mr Erdogan two months ago – will be held on June 24 and they will determine Turkey’s short and long-term future.

Whether Mr Erdogan will return to office or not is the key question. Turkish Kurds are clearly hoping for a change in government but it remains to be seen if their aspirations are realised.

K Ragavan, Denver

The World Cup brings unity like no other sporting event

I write in reference to your blistering editorial A wonderful World Cup – shame about the politics (June 18): it is indeed true that the World Cup is capable of energising and uniting all nations like no other major sporting event.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Tehran is intent on destroying peace in the Middle East

I write in reference to your front page story Revealed: the scale of Iranian military support for Houthis (June 20). This really is most frightening. Iran could play a very positive role in bringing peace to a conflicted Middle East, starting with Yemen, but instead Tehran seems intent upon destroying any prospect of peace. It begs the question, why? Just to satisfy the sectarian bigots in large numbers in Iran? Ultimately, Iran must think of peace if any progress is to be made.

Name withheld by request

Yalla, bye, to a British ambassador extraordinaire

In reference to your article British ambassador departs Abu Dhabi for new posting (June 20), good luck Philip Parham. You did an excellent job for the UK and the UAE in terms of both business and political landscape. I wish you all the best with your new role.

Matt Lewis, Dubai

Chocolate isn’t any less dangerous than gaming

I refer to Olivier Oullier’s article Gaming a disorder? It’s no more dangerous than chocolate (June 20): but what would happen if you ate chocolate every day for five or six hours?

Kegzo Kane, Belgium