Partisan ErdoIan biggest loser of 2015 general election

After running a campaign strongly in favor of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged from the election with the most damage, as his dream of a presidential system has come to naught.
Erdogan passionately aocated a presidential system that would give the president increased powers. He asked his supporters to vote in 400 deputies from the AK Party to the 550-seat Parliament in Sundayand’s election in a bid to enable the introduction of a presidential system through an amendment to the Constitution.
He seeks to wield more executive power as president, contradicting his former stance on this issue as stated in a speech in 2007. In that speech, Erdogan underlined the importance of the separation of powers and claimed to be opposed to any discourse or move that would lead to and”double-headed managementand” in government. He stressed back then that the presidentand’s powers should be limited for a better functioning of democracy.
Erdoganand’s taking to the streets of Turkey was severely criticized by opposition parties, who say he openly violates Article 103 of the Constitution by doing so. Article 103 includes the presidentand’s oath and clearly states that the holder of the post must assure the public that he or she will remain impartial while performing his or her duties.
Having secured the greatest electoral support in 2011 — 21.3 million votes and 49.8 percent of the national vote — the AK Party is now heading downhill. However, according to initial reports, the AK Party bled 7 to 8 percent on Sunday, which has resulted in its remaining the party with the most votes but losing its single-party majority, and means Erdoganand’s demand for 400 deputies cannot be met.
Erdogan had voiced his 400 deputies dream at several rallies but soon had to lower his target to 330. He then subsequently referred to the possibility of a coalition government after the election as a and”nightmare.and”
h2Opposition deputy: People have not approved of Erdoganand’s presidencyh2 Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Chairwoman Ruhsar Demirel, speaking to Todayand’s Zaman, said, and”The AK Party was the loser in the election, but more than the AK Party, the loser is [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan.and”
and”He [Erdogan] lost the election without staying true to his presidency he lost the election without staying true to his impartiality. He lost due to his hate speech and polarizing rhetoric,and” she said.
and”He wanted 400 deputies, and then he lowered his expectations to 330 deputies,and” said Demirel, continuing: and”According to current data, they [the AK Party] cannot even find the 276 majority they need for a single-party majority. Our people have not approved of Erdoganand’s plans of a presidency.and”
h2AK Party co-founder: Safe to say Erdogan is loser in electionh2 Ertuirul Yalandcinbayir, one of the founders and a former secretary-general of the AK Party, said: and”Our people have chosen stability in democracy rather than stability in administration. [This election] has put forward the necessity of the abolition of the 10 percent threshold.and”
and”With an objective perspective, we can say that the president descended to the streets [for election rallies] because he saw this [the AK Partyand’s decline]. However, the people did not approve of his marginalizing rhetoric. The people then rallied towards the HDP, helping it pass the threshold. In this light, it is safe to say that Erdogan is the loser in the election,and” he said.
h2CHP deputy: Erdogan has lost his legitimacyh2 Mahmut Tanal, an Istanbul deputy for the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), wrote on Twitter that Erdoganand’s legitimacy was up for debate as the AK Party had received less than Erdogan did in the August presidential election.
Erdogan had received 51.79 percent of the popular vote in the 2014 presidential election, allowing him to ascend to the presidency.
h2Erdogan to lose grip on government, bureaucracy, police, judiciaryh2 One of the biggest blows to Erdogan will come in the form of a coalition government should the AK Party fail to form a government. Erdogan was used to heading Cabinet meetings under AK Party rule. He chaired his first Cabinet meeting on Jan. 19, overriding Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu. In this new term he will not be able to head such meetings and will not be able to enforce his views on governance even if he does.
There is also the possibility of Erdogan losing his psychological aantage. After heading the government for 12 years and becoming the de facto head of the executive via his links to the AK Party after he ascended to the presidency, Erdoganand’s power was seemingly endless.
During this time there have been claims that many a bureaucrat, police officer and member of the judiciary had bowed to Erdoganand’s requests or caved into his threats, being cowed in by the illusion that his rule would never end.
Now the structure of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTanduK) will change, allowing the seats of the opposition members of the RTanduK executive board to surpass that of the AK Party. This in turn will translate into the loosening of Erdoganand’s grip on media outlets critical of him and the AK Party.
RTanduK recently defended the AK Partyand’s usage of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) as a propaganda organ during the election campaign on the grounds that other TV channels broadcast in favor of other political parties. However, RTanduK completely ignored the fact that TRT is supposed to be impartial because it is funded by taxpayers.
h2Erdogan to meet increased resistance from opposition parties over ralliesh2 Also, any political rally that Erdogan tries to conduct from here on out will be met with increased resistance from opposition parties, should the government in power be a coalition. Erdogan has been criticized by opposition parties for conducting election rallies in favor of the AK Party.
He played an active role in the election campaign, even though the Constitution obliges him to be non-partisan. The president attended an extraordinary number of public events, which were used as opportunities to campaign in favor of the ruling party and to criticize opposition figures.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman