Election aftermath roundup continues…

Turkish Vote Result Seen as Opportunity for E.U.

Fresh from a resounding electoral victory, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents the European Union with a strategic partner who could play an even greater role in the region.

Erdoğan-Assad and Angelina Jolie

by HDN

Right after a clear election victory, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan started to catch up with the regional crisis from Syria, as the pressure mounts up at the border between the two countries.


Turkey: Election Results, Reactions and Hopes

from Global Voices Online by Kubra
Turkey held its general elections on June 12. The campaign period for the elections had seen a change in rhetoric in many of the key parties and leaders of Turkish politics. Election results showed a land-slide victory of 50 per cent of the votes for the Justice and Development Party (?AK Party? or ?AKP?) in its third term and a quite different parliamentary distribution that blocks AKP from unilaterally changing the constitution. Peace and Democracy Party (?BDP?), a Social Democrat party well known for its focus on Kurdish minority interests won over 30 seats in the parliament, a large success in the history of the party. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (?CHP?) stayed at approximately about 26pc and Nationalist Movement Party (?MHP?) gained approximately about 13pc of the seats. There was a large variety of responses and reactions, to all parties and aspects in social media.

Not Just a Thin Skin . . .

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

According to Champion, Erdogan had filed 57 libel suits by 2005, just two years after taking office. He won 21 of the cases, netting a total 700,000 Turkish Lira, or about $440,000, in compensation. An excerpt:

Falling Out of Love

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

A triumph for Turkish democracy

Prime Minister Erdogan’s victory brings aspirations of unity and increasing regional power for Turkey.

Turkish tolerance key to realising full democracy

from FT.com – World, Europe
As Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged in his victory speech, the new arithmetic of parliament needs cross-party consensus behind the new constitution

Reflections on the poll results

Three political parties, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Republican People?s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), were sent to Parliament by the ballot boxes in Sunday?s elections in addition to the independents backed by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

AK Party?s ?not-so-secret? formula for success

A fresh page has been turned in Turkey?s keenly observed progress toward a full-scale democracy. Sunday?s elections, which ended with a not-so-surprising sweeping victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), took place without fear, with no concern — or ?hope? — about the threat of tutelage.

Why did the government receive 50 pct of the vote?

I have an elder sister who has been a great influence on me. If I have become a person who likes reading and someone who is sensitive to inequalities and so on, and it?s all because of her.

Erdoğan?s victory and EU talks

Being elected for a third term, with almost 50 percent of the vote, is something that EU leaders can only dream of. After eight-and-a-half years in power, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) remains the most popular political party Turkey has had in decades.

Why the AKP always rocks

by HDN
Erdoğan won it again ? and won it big. The election victory his party received, an astonishing 50 percent of the votes, was not just magnificent, but also unprecedented.

Victors and losers

by HDN
The initial signs after Sunday?s elections are rather promising. It is odd, of course, to recognize no limits in attacking opponents in any way possible ? to insult and even accuse them of being perverse and then come up with ?I have turned a new page. Let?s make a fresh start. I have forgiven everyone, you can forgive me as well.?

Erdoğan-Assad and Angelina Jolie

by HDN
Right after a clear election victory, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan started to catch up with the regional crisis from Syria, as the pressure mounts up at the border between the two countries.

Reasons for the election victory

No doubt the election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was impressive for a party that has been sitting at the wheel of the country for more than eight years.

What comes after victory? Compromise!

In the end, the results of Sunday?s parliamentary elections were not that surprising. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) got slightly more votes than expected but did not manage to cross the line of 330 seats that would have allowed the party to singlehandedly adopt a new constitution in Parliament and bring it to referendum.

Evaluating CHP’s Performance

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

I think that the performance of the new CHP administration was not perfect in the latest elections.

I personally like Kemal Kilicdaroglu, CHP’s new leader, but I can also see that he made more mistakes than Tayyip Erdogan did in the election campaign.


The World from Berlin: ‘Turkey is Facing Great Challenges’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Kurds raise profile, gain seats in Turkish assembly | Reuters

Emboldened Kurds Press Demands in Turkey | Middle East | English

Mehmet Simsek le Ministre des finances AKP n?a pas convaincu Batman

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

Pour cette campagne électorale, les ministres kurdes  du gouvernement AKP  avaient été envoyés au charbon dans leurs provinces d’origine. A Batman, c’est Mehmet Simsek, le Ministre des Finances,  qui conduisait la liste AKP.  Mais dans la province, cette stratégie n’a pas été couronnée de succès. La liste AKP n’y a obtenu que 36.9 des suffrages. En recul de 10 points par rapport à 2007 (46.4).  L’AKP y conserve le même score qu’ aux municipales de 2009, comme à Diyarbakir ou à Hakkari.

A Pyrhhic Victory?

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff
I recently wrote a short entry on the elections for Democracy Digest, a project of the National Endowment for Democracy. An excerpt:

Increasingly, Turkey is polarized between those who support the AKP and those who do not. The AKP?s critics include not only the secular elite, but also liberals, Kurds and other minority groups, and others who fear the intolerance with which the party deals with difference and dissent.


Arab Spring may spoil Erdoğan’s party

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrates a convincing third consecutive electoral victory and a decade of unprecedented economic growth and activist foreign policy, the Arab Spring unexpectedly threatens to spoil the party, particularly the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Is Brussels the loser in Turkey’s elections? | European Voice

Handicapped in Turkey Gain A New Voice

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Caption: I know the value of my vote. Because I’m an active citizen.

Mandate for a New Turkish Era

from NYT > Turkey by By SUSANNE GÜSTEN
With his victory speech, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined a shift in Turkish foreign policy that could have wide-ranging consequences in a turbulent region.

Behind Turkey’s No-Surprise Election


Islamists, Erdogan and Ataturk – Op-Eds – Israel National News

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