“No vote for you” was the message of tens of thousands of workers who gathered in Ankara to protest against a series of projects and applications of the Justice and Development Party. The workers spoke up against nuclear power plants, city planning or internet censorship.
To be honest, we haven’t see an election campaign like this in a very long time. On the one hand there are illicit tapes of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputies with women other than their wives, and on the other hand there are threats about a “great war” starting on June 15.
With less than one month until Turkey?s upcoming general elections, experts are debating the efficacy of the leading political parties? communication strategies. While many find the ruling AKP?s tools as ?the most successful? among all, some experts criticize the parties for focusing too much on their leaders and forgetting the people
There can be little doubt that the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) — and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in particular — are feeling the power and the effects of ?change,? especially in their foreign policy regarding the Middle East these days.
Will the Kurdish question be addressed after the election? Many are optimistic about this. The presence of a stronger Kurdish political movement in the new Parliament and another Justice and Development Party (AK Party) majority government are expected to take the ?Kurdish opening? further. Moreover, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) seems engaged and willing to cooperate for a political settlement that will be deepened after the elections.
There is a lot of upfront talk by the political parties jockeying for the June election about how to solve the Kurdish ?problem?. Most recently CHP has put forward a number of suggestions like (click here):