Light at the end of the tunnel

After the Turkish election, we see a light at the end of the tunnel, at last. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) took 40 percent of the vote, which doesnand’t give Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu a single-party government. A coalition is needed now, and possible scenarios are being discussed. Will there be a coalition between Kemal Kiliandcdaroiluand’s Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) and the AKP, or is there a possibility in which the AKP isnand’t part of the new government? We will see shortly, but I would like to discuss a hope in this article. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Davutoilu and the AKP lost the election, even though they took the biggest share of the vote and are still the biggest political party in Turkey. Public opinion declared Selahattin Demirtaiand’s Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) the real winner of the election because they passed the election threshold, but they are the smallest party in Parliament. It seems like a paradox that the party that won the biggest share is the loser and the tiniest one is the winner. In my opinion, it is related to the public perception of the AKP. The AKP created a big culture of hatred in Turkey after 2010. Whatever they did not approve of was and”anti-democratic,and” and”anti-Islamicand” or and”anti-AKP.and” The only measure of what was acceptable was themselves and this polarization and stigmatization policy brought a defeat to them. Voters decided to have a coalition government and said a clear no to this stigmatization policy. Fed up with this atmosphere of hate, today public opinion sees the AKP as the loser and crowned the HDP the winner because they were the strongest opponent of Erdogan. Now the challenge is the AKP, because they will not want to give up the government. There are several reasons the first one is that the corruption of the AKP will be revealed if they give up. Devlet Bahandceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) declared this openly, underlining that accounts should be settled with the AKP for what its legacy after a dark 13 years in power and asking, and”Can a compromise be possible before the settling of accounts?and” This probability is now the biggest fear of the AKP, and I believe that the biggest obstacle of the AKP in reality will be this issue during coalition negotiations. If the other political parties insist on accountability and transparency regarding corruption or support possible constitutional amendments ensuring the impartiality and independence of judiciary, this would be a real light at the end of the tunnel. A solution that does not involve the AKP would be the best solution, but a scenario with a low-profile AKP contribution without giving them the full power to hide corruption could also be possible. Whatever the options are to form a new government, the majority of society feels more comfortable today compared to the pre-election era. Yet, there are threats to this atmosphere at the same time. Last Friday, four people were killed in two blasts at a HDP rally in Diyarbakir. HDP leader Selahattin Demirtai said on Monday that a string of bombings targeting the party during its campaign had been linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Two days ago, Aytaandc Baran, the chairman of a charity affiliated with the Free Cause Party (Handuda-Par), which draws sympathizers from Hezbullah, was shot dead in Diyarbakir. These are well-known plays by deep state elements in Turkey to weaken stabilization attempts, and we have to concentrate on who is the beneficiary. The supporters of democratization in Turkey shouldnand’t let this light of hope blow out. German-American physicist Albert Einstein said: and”Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.and” We have to keep on questioning until we find salvation.