Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), shake hands during the 66th General Assembly of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), in Ankara May 16, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who has long been criticized for failing to touch on Turkey?s Kurdish problem despite being of Kurdish origin, has begun making radical promises to Kurds ahead of the June 12 general elections.
With less than three weeks to go until general elections, Turkey’s ruling and main opposition parties seem to have traded places on the Kurdish issue.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an election rally in Hakkari, southeastern Turkey, May 21, 2011. Erdogan’s ruling AK Party is expected to secure a third consecutive victory in the election, with opinion polls putting its level of support at around 45 percent. Turkey will hold parliamentary elections on June 12. REUTERS/Stringer
The sexually explicit videos were posted on a Web site that has cast itself as part of a breakaway ultranationalist group.
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FILE In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, members of the Nationalist Action Party, MHP, ‘Gray Wolves’ demonstrate in Ankara, Turkey. A slick smear campaign, a sex scandal, stunned a hardline MHP that was struggling for relevance as a self-declared guardian of Islamic values, pure Turkish identity and the sanctity of the family and forced the resignations of 10 lawmakers in the party. A mysterious group behind the videos urged the ouster of the MHP leadership, whose chief, Devlet Bahceli, served as deputy prime minister in a coalition government a decade ago and has shifted the once-extremist party toward the political mainstream. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)
Grainy videos apparently showing politicians in liaisons with women are posted online weeks before general elections
The black-and-white videos are grainy. Sometimes they flicker. Yet the images, stark and often graphic, appear to show senior members of a Turkish opposition party in liaisons with women who are not their wives.
In March 1994 Leyla Zana and in July her colleagues Hatip Dicle, the late Orhan Doğan and Selim Sadak, all Kurdish members of Parliament, were stripped of their parliamentary immunity and arrested. In June 2004, after a decade-long campaign for their release, Zana, Dicle, Doğan and Sadak finally walked free from an Ankara courtroom. Their release was, according to many, an end to the most politically embarrassing and disturbing imprisonments of Turkey’s recent history.
Just as was the case with an earlier scandal relating to former Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, who was deposed from party leadership following the release of a video that allegedly showed him having an extramarital affair with a CHP deputy, calls have risen from the ranks of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) asking the government to find those behind recent video scandals that have rocked the party.
Some of the most talked about topics on the Turkish agenda in recent days have been the dust that’s been stirred up in the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) following back-to-back video conspiracies and the resignations of 10 top level party directors and parliamentary candidates.
When compared to the last general elections, which took place in 2007, the June elections appear calm and normal. There is no controversy surrounding the future of the regime, secularism and the secular lifestyle being threatened by the ruling party or over Turkey becoming Islamized. Now the debates evolve around personal matters and the promises of political parties.
Ce samedi 21 mai, Recep Tayyip Erdogan est arrivé à Hakkari pour un meeting électoral qui débutait à 13 heures, heure locale. C?est une ville vide, dont tous les commerces ont baissé leurs volets en signe de protestation qui l?a accueilli. Ou plutôt qui a refusé de l? accueillir. Il est vrai que dans la ville kurde d? Hakkari le leader de l?AKP n?a jamais été reçu avec chaleur.
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La campagne électorale de Recep Tayyip Erdogan dans la région kurde n?est décidemment pas de tout repos. Et surtout elle lui réserve quelques surprises, comme l?a montré la journée du 21 mai. Alors que les médias annonçaient des violences assurées à Hakkari, la ville s?est contentée de se montrer glaciale. Par contre, c?est lors de son passage à Urfa, une province à la population kurde arabe et turque et bien plus pro AKP, que ça a chauffé.
The latest video scandals at the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which led to the resignation of 10 top party politicians ahead of the critical June 12 general elections, have sparked extensive debate about the party and the way it responded to the crisis.
For a long time we had a press that provided the military and the deep state with total and absolute impunity. Their news coverage and comments were just a smoke screen that prevented us from seeing what kinds of sins were being committed by the deep state in Turkey.
It is possible to produce many answers to this question. We can talk about the charisma of the prime minister or the hard work of the AK Party administration or the special relations they have with voters.
I think a speech delivered by Leyla Zana, an independent candidate backed by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), in a small village by the name of Kurdistan [in Diyarbakir province] will go down in history as one of the turning points in Turkish-Kurdish relations.