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  4. Tuesday 3rd November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged other countries yesterday to respect the result of a snap election won by his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    His comments came as the Council of Europe said pre-ballot violence and security clampdowns had tainted the voting process.

    The ruling AKP regained its parliamentary majority five months after losing it in the previous election.

    With all ballots counted, the party was projected to win 317 seats in the 550-member parliament with 49 per cent of the vote. Turnout on Sunday was high at 85 per cent.

    The June election saw the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), formed in 2012 to provide representation for the left and the Kurdish minority, exceed the 10 per cent threshold for seats in parliament.

    But Sunday’s poll saw the HDP just scraping in, winning 59 seats compared to 80 in June.
    A deadly police crackdown in Kurdish areas, ostensibly targeting the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), attacks on

    HDP members and party offices and the silencing of pro-opposition media all restricted the opposition’s ability to campaign.

    Council of Europe delegation leader Andreas Gross said: “Unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that this campaign was unfair and was characterised by too much violence and by too much fear.”

    An October 10 suicide bomb attack on a peace rally in the capital Ankara “significantly affected the atmosphere and conduct of the campaign,” the council said.

    Nevertheless, the European Union’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini and EU commissioner Johannes Hahn said the bloc would work towards closer ties with Turkey, which aspires to membership.



  5. Certainly the world has to accept that his religious-conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) has swept back into power.

    But there can be no respect for the combination of authoritarianism, scaremongering and military posturing that made AKP victory possible.

    The poll triumph belongs officially to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, but his campaign was devised and carried through by the president who is intent on concentrating further personal powers in an executive presidency.

    Erdogan’s ambitions were jolted in June when AKP lost its overall majority, partly because of a major advance by the left-wing and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), crashing through the 10 per cent limit for parliamentary representation with 13 per cent and 79 seats.

    Erdogan’s response was as ruthless as it was calculating, manipulating voters’ emotions by stepping up military action against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and smearing political opponents as terrorists or traitors.

    The president’s militaristic and nationalist onslaught helped reduce the HDP share of the vote to just over 10 per cent and also captured a proportion of the electorate that normally backs the far-right MHP.

    His verbal attacks targeted opposition parties and also media outlets that he regarded as untrustworthy.

    Mobs attacked newspaper offices, closing titles down and preventing any effective alternative to the pro-AKP narrative recited daily by the state broadcaster TRT.

    Erdogan profited too from a number of murderous bomb explosions that the security forces attributed to Islamic State (Isis) attempts to destabilise his government.

    However, why Isis would wish to do that given Ankara’s ongoing assistance to the jihadists, in terms of a porous Turkish-Syrian border allowing cross-border traffic of Isis fighters, military supplies and looted Syrian oil, is unclear.

    In any case, the targets for the “Isis” bombings were HDP election gatherings, killing or wounding hundreds of young activists, preventing the party from holding further rallies or conducting a normal electoral campaign.

    The role of security forces in tear-gassing mourners laying bouquets of flowers to honour those massacred in Ankara speaks volumes for presidential attitudes.

    Erdogan commented cynically that the election result shows that “people have opted for stability and trust that were endangered in the June 7 vote.”

    In reality, instability and distrust are more firmly embedded in Turkish political life.

    There will be little said and done in European Union capitals about the shady methods employed by the Turkish president to secure victory.

    EU leaders are more interested in persuading Erdogan to co-operate with them to prevent refugees accessing their bloc from Turkey.

    But labour movement and human rights campaigners will keep a watchful eye on developments in Turkey and its president’s cynical manipulation of national fears and regional turmoil.



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