Turkey’s Electoral Candidate Lists show more heterogeneity than dominant political culture…

When people question the effectiveness of the massive Gezi Park protests of 2013, some of them even describe the demonstrations as an ultimately failed movement and I always give them two answers that complete each other:
AKP candidate list for the upcoming general election included figures from Erdoğan’s inner circle, who will likely be taking a seat at parliament for the first time as lawmakers.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate list for the June 7 parliamentary elections mirrors its resolve to embrace different segments of society in order to reach its oambitius goal of exceeding the 10 percent election threshold by deciding to enter the elections as a party.
Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, a former presidential candidate and the former head of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), will run for parliament from the ranks of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), in a surprising move.
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Hurriyet Daily News ‏@HDNER #Turkish Parliament likely to hit new record number of women candidates http://bit.ly/1N9tzdr
Turkey’s HDP fields German-born former MEP Feleknas Uca as one of its leading candidates for the June 7 elections
550 candidates of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) represent the most inclusive list of candidacy for the upcoming parliamentary elections in comparison with other important political parties, a party official has said, informing that 20 percent of candidates are female with many of them having the chance to be elected.
Turkey’s main opposition CHP has fielded a Roma politician as its candidate from a western Turkish province for the upcoming general elections, marking a “milestone” for the Roma community in both Turkey and Europe.
None of these were elected. Even AKP leadership has some wisdom… :
aljazeera.com – Apr 7 – Two gunmen from a leftist terror group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage last week, and released a photograph to prove it. The prosecutor and the gunmen died following a police raid, but when the image began circulating online, Turkey’s
The court postponed its verdict on Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink’s case where the prosecutor demands an acquittal due to lack of “violence” in writings. “I am a woman, I’m Dutch and I live in Diyarbakır, but first and foremost I am a journalist,” said Geerdink.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has named an Armenian candidate in the first place on their final candidate list for the upcoming elections on June 7 in a move to prioritize candidates with different backgrounds, according to the media reports.
Freedom or dignity: media censorship in the new Turkey

Banning one photo from the internet might seem to reflect the paranoia of an increasingly authoritarian AKP regime but Erdogan’s grasp could really be weakening.

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