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Turkish Elections

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Turkey: Polarized At Home, Fraught Ties Abroad

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Marco Vicenzino

For Erdogan, coalition government and power-sharing remains anathema. It is a concept he does not understand, grasp or accept. According to Erdogan's world view, politics remains a zero-sum game of winner-takes-all.

Erdoğan: Liberator or Dictator?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.02.2016 | 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.

What's At Stake In Turkey's Upcoming Elections

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.06.2017 | 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...

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

Carl Bildt | Posted 06.16.2016 | 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.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

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

Behlül Özkan | Posted 06.08.2016 | 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.

Scenes From Celebrations In Turkey After Election Results Roll In

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections that were seen as a referendum on the growing power of President Rec...

Sophia Jones

Meet The Transgender Woman Who Wants To Represent Turkey's LGBT Community This Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Twenty years ago, Deva Ozenen didn’t know if she’d ever find a way out of prostitution. The young transgender woman couldn’t fin...

Will Erdoğan's Victory Mark the Rise of Illiberal Democracy?

Ali Hakan Altinay | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
Ali Hakan Altinay

We live a world with an ever-increasing global peer review. Material or moral superiority of the West is no longer a foregone conclusion. The quicker the West sheds the illusion of the default superiority, the faster all of us can start the essential work of making liberal values relevant and compelling in a post-western world. In other words, Turkey has an Erdoğan problem, but all of us have a larger liberalism problem. This conundrum is relevant beyond Turkey. Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Hungary's Viktor Orbán and India's Narendra Modi may be manifestations of a similar phenomenon. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the liberal West told the rest of the world: "Be like us to become rich" while the 21st century is producing many illiberal ways to enrich societies.

Topless Activists Face Jail Time In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 06.05.2014 | World

Two members of the women's movement Femen are facing jail time in Turkey for a protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according ...

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

Municipal Elections in Turkey - Victory for Erdogan's Party

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ruled Turkey for the past 12 years, which makes him among the longest serving leaders since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

The Turkish Elections: A Pyrrhic Victory For Everyone

Cengiz Çandar | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Cengiz Çandar

As much as they were a victory for Erdogan, the latest local elections added to polarization. Against Erdogan's 45 percent stands a dedicated 55 percent who opposed him and which might block his election chances for the presidency. This suggests that the elections resuls are a "Pyrrhic victory for everyone." In a sense, Turkey as a whole has lost because it is so divided and because Erdogan's actions in the campaign tarnished Turkey's image abroad.

Topless Activists Surprise Turkish PM

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

Topless female activists were arrested after showing their disdain for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during Sunday's highly contested municipal elect...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Elections Give Boost To Controversial Leader

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- On Sunday night, well before the results of local elections here came in, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood in front of...

Turkey's New AKP Government: Will It Move Towards a Liberal or Illiberal Democracy?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

The Turkish election results are in with few surprises but with major questions as to Turkey's political directions. What do the results betoken for the self-proclaimed model democracy in the Middle East?

What's At Stake In Turkey's Upcoming Elections?

TIME | PELIN TURGUT / ISTANBUL | Posted 08.03.2011 | World

In theory, the countdown to Turkey's June 12 elections ought to be a quiet affair. There's little doubt over who will win - polls show incumbent Prime...

Turkey's Conservative Ruling Party Set To Shine In Upcoming Elections

Economist | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks set to tighten its grip on local government in t...