Election defeat ties vindictive AK Party’s hands

The June 7 parliamentary election has ended the 13-year single-party government led by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Turkey, which suffered a significant decrease in votes and failed to secure the 276 seats needed to maintain its single-party rule.
According to the unofficial results of the election, the AK Party received 40.7 percent of the vote, meaning that it will have 256 seats in Parliament. This in turn means that the AK Party will, without the support of a coalition partner, not be able to do the following:
*The AK Party will not be able to announce an election.
*It will not be able to select the parliament speaker.
*It will not be able to appoint members to top courts such as the Court of Accounts and the Constitutional Court.
*It will not be able to block inspections from the State Economic Enterprises (KiT) and reports by the Court of Accounts.
*Because it has lost its majority in parliamentary commissions, the AK Party will not be able to pass omnibus bills.
*It will not be able to approve mandates authorizing the military to send soldiers abroad.
*The number of deputies from the AK Party in the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTanduK) will drop from five to four, which means that the AK Party will lose its current influence over the board and will not be able to impose fines on TV stations that are critical of the AK Party. The RTanduK has nine members, five selected from candidates nominated by the ruling party and four chosen from candidates nominated by opposition parties.
*It will also lose its majority in parliamentary inquiry commissions, which will pave the way for objective investigations into controversial incidents that were previously blocked by the AK Party.
*It will not be able to sweep claims of widespread corruption under the rug and block the summaries of proceedings against four former Cabinet ministers who were implicated in a major corruption and bribery investigation on Dec. 17, 2013. Parliament voted against sending the ministers to the Supreme State Council for trial during a vote in January of this year.
*It will not be able to interfere with the processes of the Supreme State Council.
*It will not be able to decide to go to war.
*It will not be able to grant funds to President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s controversial presidential palace.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman