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Turkey Elections

The End of Turkey's Experiment With Democracy

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Sinan Ciddi

By accumulating so much power, Erdogan will now be free to label any opponent as enemies of the state, or in AKP terminology, 'enemies of the national will.'

Turks Chose the Devil They Know -- and Stability Over Freedom

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- The Turkish electorate knows that the AKP is corrupt, has strong authoritarian tendencies and continues to plunder (but distributes some of) Turkey's resources. But they also know that it can deliver services as it did until 2011. Above all, the voters favor stability and economic predictability. Fundamental values such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and free and fair elections constitute much lesser concerns.

Erdoğan: Liberator or Dictator?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The scandals, the palaces in the Bosporus, the prosecution of his opponents, Taksim Square and the violent confrontation with the young protesters, the hundreds of journalists in jail.. In the eyes of some of those who believed in him the liberator now seemed a dictator.

Turkey's Election Was Soaked in Suppression and Blood

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

What makes Turkey's authoritarianism, especially the AKP's, so hard to battle, is that it is covered with a thin layer of democracy. Elections are being held, the turnout is high, no wide range fraud was reported, four parties made it into parliament. But the campaign was all but democratic, given the government's violence, further control over the press and detention of opposition politicians.

Erdogan Is Proving Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations' Right

Behlül Özkan | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.

Turkey To Return To Single-Party Rule After Sweeping Election Victory

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

Turkey looked set to return to single-party rule after the Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to victory in a general election on Sunday, a major boost fo...

What's At Stake In Turkey's Upcoming Elections

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pivotal mo...

Turkish Police Storm Newsroom Tied To Erdogan Critic

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

By Hamdi Istanbullu ISTANBUL, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Turkish police stormed the offices of an opposition media company on Wednesday, days before an electi...

Turkey Is Heading Into the Abyss, Thanks to Erdogan

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- Erdogan has divided the country on ethnic, sectarian and lifestyle levels in an unprecedented manner. Traumatized by the terror attack, Turkey will first need to facilitate free and fair elections, then form a coalition government and then go about rehabilitating the country's deep divisions. Rooting out domestic ISIS cells must be a priority. The alternative is the Pakistanization of Turkey. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Turkey's Unwillingness to Take on ISIS Has Come Back to Haunt It

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The civil strife and jihadism that have torn apart states like Libya, Iraq and Syria have now begun to menace Turkey as well. The Turkish authorities have even turned a blind eye to ISIS activities within Turkey on numerous occasions. No part of the country, not even Ankara, is felt to be safe anymore.

Only a Truly New Turkey Can Shed Light on Ankara Massacre

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.

Turkey Dragged A Kurdish Man Behind An Armored Vehicle. Then It Got Worse.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a...

Turkey's President Erdogan Calls Parliamentary Elections

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely antic...

Turkey's President Finally Asks Premier To Form Government Month After Election

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA, July 9 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed a quick start to coalition talks on Thursday, after Preside...

How Turkey's New Government Can Advance Peace in the Region

Carl Bildt | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

VIENNA -- The success of the mainly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in capturing 13 percent of the vote in the recent election -- a total well above the party's core constituency -- should boost the Kurds' confidence and ease the way ahead in the peace process. But the far-right Nationalist Movement Party performed strongly in the election, capturing 16 percent of the vote, probably owing largely to popular opposition to the opening to the Kurds.

Erdogan Scores an Own Goal

David Hearst | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
David Hearst

Turkey is a radically different exemplar from Egypt. It says political differences can be mediated. Political ambitions can be tempered by the popular vote, while seeing through major structural changes to society and the economy, the curtailing of the deep state, and the advancement of minority rights. In a region convulsed, and fractured, by conflict, that is a powerful message.

Turkey Post-Elections: Will Erdoğan Be Balanced by the Opposition?

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

The Republic of Turkey has undergone a seismic domestic political shift, as millions of Turkish citizens headed to the polls on June 7 and created a new parliament with four seated parties.

Meet The Pro-Gay, Pro-Women Party Shaking Up Turkish Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What? | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Turkey's Election Results Spell the Beginning of the End for President Erdogan

Behlül Özkan | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Having lost its majority in parliament, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's party will no longer be able to form a single-party government. In practical terms, this means the end of Erdoğan's dreams of changing the Constitution to create a presidential system. From now on, Erdoğan is no longer the only one in charge in Turkey.

Turkey Could Face Early Election After Plunge Into Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, June 8 (Reuters) - Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling A...

This Feisty Feminist Is About To Shake Turkish Politics

Ozy | Laura Secorun Palet | Posted 06.04.2015 | World

By Laura Secorun Palet, OZY The aides have rearranged the furniture three times, the translator is nursing his eighth cup of tea, and at last Figen...

Can Turkey Survive Erdoğan?

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Bottom line: if President Erdoğan's AKP party is able to win big, the entire system of separation of powers in Turkey will likely reach breaking point. Erdoğan will have gained the carte blanche he seeks to mold, shape and steer the state any direction he wants in a semi-legal form of one man rule.

Turkey's President Vows To Resign If Opposition Can Find A Golden Toilet Seat

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Irritated by accusations of lavishness, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to resign if the leader of the main opposition...

Sophia Jones

Off The Ballot But With Much At Stake, Turkey's President Fights For More Power | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's June 7 election will elect 550 members of parliament, but it's really all about one man who isn't even on the ballot: President R...