#TurkeyElections aftermath: “Social media trolls of Turkey’s ruling AKP now seen as ‘reason for election failure’

Turkey’s leader has a worsening record on press freedom. There is no truth in his claims about this newspaper’s views on his country

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan likes to dish it out to the press. Last week he personally threatened an editor with espionage and “crimes against the government” that could mean a life sentence for Cumhuriyet’s Can Dündar.

Turkey’s pro-government media engages in a round of soul-searching over the election results, with one prominent columnist blaming the AKP’s social media trolls
Opposition parties’ economic promises, as well as free speech issues, the Kurdish problem and Turkey’s foreign policy, have been the major electoral themes during the general election campaigns, but President Erdoğan’s strong presence has overshadowed them all.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has vowed not to permit the outbreak of “civil war” in Turkey while urging the government to act in the face of recent violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern Anatolia region.
The election of Turkey’s new parliamentary speaker will be the first area in which possible coalition options will be tested, while discussion on possible candidates from the four political parties in the legislature has commenced
Shortly after unofficial results of Turkey’s general election were announced, a majority of voters told a poll that they would still vote for the same party, though there is a slight increase in the AKP’s vote and a slight decrease in the votes of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
The outcome of the June 7 election will change the amount of treasury grants pledged to the country’s political parties, which will receive grants according to the results the most recent polls
Ending the penalization of youth in Turkey?

Turkey’s youth are bearing the brunt of their state’s authoritarian tendencies. Why are they being targeted, and how can the new members of Parliament bring it to an end?

Young boy with HDP flag at rally in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Aurore Belot/Demotix. All rights reserved.Young boy with HDP flag at rally in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Aurore Belot/Demotix. All rights reserved.Turkey’s general election on 7 June 2015 is a political milestone for the country: the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to garner enough votes to form a single party government, while the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) crossed the 10 percent election threshold to gain seats in the Grand National Assembly (Meclis). For many Turkish youths, the 2015 general election represents their first time voting, and although many have grown up without experience of military rule, they have experienced an environment of increasing authoritarianism and socio-cultural conflict.

How Hope Returned to Turkey

Young, digitally savvy activists despaired after the 2013 protests. Then they got organized.
A Personal Take on Turkey Elections: Hopeful But Really Tired

“I can rest, finally!”

To be honest, this was my first thought when my brain started working at June 8th. I was feeling tired, worn out. And still feel the same. My guess is the elections affected a lot of people living in here similarly.

Yes, I’m also an digital activist, including lots of other things I’m doing. But politics, especially daily politics in Turkey is nothing but a total mess. It’s not my area, I can’t fit in. I can comment or report some basic news but I’m not doing it with joy. It felt like a duty, I have to spread (translate) what’s going on in here. It was an abrasive experience, just like last two months in Turkey.


Here is a comprehensive infographics that summarizes the election manifestos of all four major parties and a coalition party that participate in Turkey’s June 7 polls.
A data-based analysis by Erik Meyersson, an assistant professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, argues that the rise of HDP stems from the shift in conservative Kurdish votes, not the liberal Turkish ones
What next in Turkey?

Turkey’s election result is a tribute to its vibrant democracy. But there are hard political and economic tests to come.

At the peak of the protests of May-June 2013 in Turkey, spurred by plans to transform Gezi park in central Istanbul, the country’s then president, Abdullah Gül, made a statement that would go down in political folklore: “Democracy does not consist only of the ballot-box” (“Demokrasi sandıktan ibaret değildir“). He had a point: a democracy worthy of the name is also about other things – the rights of minorities, freedom of speech and association, the rule of law, transparency and accountability – all of them in scarce supply in Turkey, both historically and in more recent days.

Turkey election: Meet the female MPs

Turkey elects record number of women MPs
Erdogan stumbles

Political progress may still occur and healing may start between the people and their government.
A ticking timer shows how long President Erdoğan has stayed off-air on Turkish broadcasters since the ruling AKP’s surprise loss of its single-party majority

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