Following the election in Turkey Europe is discussing what course President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will take now that his party has regained its absolute majority. Some commentators fear he will exploit his key position vis-à-vis the EU on refugee policy. Others hope he will adopt more moderate policies and give the country’s economy a boost.
Violence against opposition parties and their premises, arrests and crackdown on press freedom hindered ability to campaign freely, report says
International observers of Turkey’s parliamentary elections have criticised the climate of violence and fear that preceded the vote, saying the security environment, arrests of opposition activists and stifling of press freedomscombined to make the campaign unfair.
Busy day in Turkey a day after elections: raids/arrests, journalists fired/detained, curfew & clashes, airstrikes https://t.co/Q9vYYREgOe
— reported.ly (@reportedly) November 3, 2015
A guest contribution by Başak Alpan,
from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara.
Here’s one of the few good things about being a political science professor in Turkey: elections are never only boring econometrical calculations that no one is interested in, but each election gives you an ample amount of shock, perplexity, and challenge to cope with.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party lost voters but scraped into parliament despite a government crackdown during the campaign
In the central Sur district in Diyarbakir, a predominantly Kurdish city in Turkey’s south-east, several men and women watched as workmen fitted a new iron door, replacing one destroyed during recent clashes in the neighbourhood.