#TurkeyElections aftermath: As Reuters says “Turkey’s Erdogan, master tactician, seen angling for new election…

Reuters.com – Orhan Coskun – Jun 12, 8:12 AM – ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan’s statesmanlike appeals for Turkey’s rival parties to leave egos aside and form a new government may suggest the combative leader has turned over a new leaf, but even those close to him wonder how long it will last.
While breaking an unusual almost four-day long silence following the June 7 parliamentary election with a public address, President Erdoğan cast himself in the role of a wise statesman, as he urged all political players in Turkey to leave aside their egos and prioritize the country’s interests.
Former Turkish President Abdullah Gül has warned both his successor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu about possible negative consequences of a snap election, suggesting that a collation government would be an “appropriate” move
Arınç says he had ‘considered to destroy’ Ankara Mayor Gökçek politically, but decided not to do it as ‘it is not necessary anymore’
The New Turkish Parliament: a Good Surprise

The result of the elections in Turkey was surprising for two main reasons, the downturn experienced by the governing Justice and Development Party – Erdoğan’s AKP – and the pro-Kurdish HDP’s  arrival in parliament, also representing in a broader manner the Turkish democratic and pluralist left. The challenge was not an easy one due to the enormous disproportion of resources and the very loud and violent tone of the electoral campaign.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said he fears that forces linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are awaiting an order to stage attacks across Turkey, adding that some forces wanted to create an environment of chaos in Turkey
Hanife Şahan put on trial for 4 years and 8 months in prison was acquitted. Amnesty International TR Director said “To insult a president isn’t a crime.”
Will Turkey’s recent election send the country back to the politically …
Washington Post (blog)
Critically, this would be a key test of whether Turkish parties have moved beyond the previously volatile neo-patrimonialism toward a more democratic expression of the people’s mandate. Emre Erdoğan is an associate professor at Istanbul Bilgi
Turkey, Islamism, and the WestThe Weekly Standard

The results of Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections denied a majority to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party. It also diversified parliament’s demographic mix: the election of three ethnic Armenian deputies is being heralded as an important breakthrough for the country and its fraught relations with its Armenian minority.

Social media is wonderful. I have two quotes from social media for this week’s column. One is from Facebook; the other is from Ekşi Şözlük (Sour Dictionary), the most popular website in Turkey
Turkey: The Strategic Defeat of Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Center for Research on Globalization
These forces were of two different backgrounds. First, elements of the top brass had been thrown into prison and were being tried for coup-mongering against the AKP government in two cases called the “Ergenekon” and the “Sledgehammer”. Pushed into the …
The government has launched an isolation of imprisoned outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı Island where he is serving a life sentence, a leading deputy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said on June 12
The June 7 general election obviously launched a new era in Turkey, with the AKP losing its majority at parliament and with the one-party government it has enjoyed since 2002 coming to an end.
The comments from Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, at a graduation ceremony were striking because they were uncharacteristically conciliatory.
As the Justice and Development Party (AKP) continues to consider possible coalition scenarios, its leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has told his party’s senior members that a coalition with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would be “compatible,”
According to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is “the loser” of the June 7 parliamentary election and must resign from his post
One of the first policy decisions of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) after the June 7 general election has been “pushing away” journalists to prevent leaks as coalition talks linger
Turkey: Fading factionalism

Election result has hurt President Erdogan but could lead to change for Ankara’s institutions and foreign policies
Politics in Turkey is seldom what it seems

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hinted that the President would be toning down his style of active political leadership and meddling in government. Hours later the President seemed to demur.

People walk by Turkish PM billboard.

Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has assured people his party has been working extremely hard to resolve the troubling situation created after the ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7 general election
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urges speedy formation of new Turkish government

Turkey’s president makes first televised speech since ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s election

In his first televised speech since the parliamentary elections on Sunday, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has urged all four parties represented in parliament not to leave the country hanging in limbo and to quickly work on forming a new government.


Previous examples show that four former Turkish ministers who were formerly indicted on corruption charges before being acquitted could face another parliamentary indictment, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s predecessor, 11th President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül has called the former in order to extend his good wishes after the June 7 parliamentary election
HDP deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder called for ‘total national coalition’ and said that they applied to go to İmralı on behalf of İmralı delegation.
Berlin, Germany. 6th June 2015 -- Female activists shout and show the victory sign. They hold a banner with the logo of the pro Kurdish and left wing HDP. -- About 1,000 march in Berlin Neukoelln and Kreuzberg against recent bombing attacks on the election campaign of pro Kurdish HDP. The participants accuse Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan for calling his supporters for violence against HDP. Demotix image.

Berlin, Germany. 6th June 2015 — Female activists hold a banner with the logo of the pro-Kurdish and left wing HDP during an anti-government demonstration. Photo by Thorsten Strasas. Demotix ID 7791641.

Turkish İşbank Chairman Ersin Özince criticized pessimistic comments about the economy after the election and said Turkey is in a better condition than it was before the election in making constructive assessments, adding the new government must vow to make the delayed reforms to its people as soon as possible
Following Smugglers in Kurdistan

Smuggling is an integral way of life in Kurdish villages where, for many, there is no other way to earn a living. It is a business that some families have practiced for generations.
Erdogan urges swift government

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for a new government “as soon as possible”, after his AK party lost its majority in elections.
‘Egos should be set aside and a [coalition] government should be formed as soon as possible,’ Erdoğan has said in his first speech since the general election, as the party he co-founded continues talks with opposition parties on forming a coalition after it unexpectedly lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7 polls.
HDP also said it was open to all options for a coalition government other than with the ruling AKP and that President Erdoğan should remain within his constitutional limits

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