31 October 2015

Turkish voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide who the next government will be

It will be either the: Justice and Development party (AKP) led by Ahmet Davutoğlu or the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has earned plaudits and condemnation alike arguing that the Syrians hosted by Turkey should be sent home.

Turkey has a population of 74.9 million people

Sezgin Tanrikulu, a human rights lawyer and an MP for the main opposition CHP, or Republican People’s party, echoes the allegations of presidential megalomania. “They’re so glued to power that they could try anything to keep it. It’s a fixation. But they’re on the defensive.” To judge by his non-stop speechifying, Erdoğan views politics as a majoritarian blood sport in which the winner takes all, loyalty is rewarded and opposition denounced as treachery. It is a highly polarising approach, especially for a head of state who is supposed to preach inclusiveness. The president of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and is allied to the AKP, Justice and Development Party.

The longer Erdogan (The President) rules, the more power hungry he seems. His authoritarian personality becomes clearer every day. The press is hardly free. Erdogan arrests even Islamist journalists that are critical of his policies. His party has infiltrated the judicial system and the police. Foci of power, such as the bureaucracy, the banking system, industrial associations and trade unions have been mostly coopted by the AKP. Opposition political parties are largely discredited. The military, once active in politics as the defender of the Kemalist secular tradition, has been successfully sidelined. (Efraim Inbar, Middle East Forum)