Time for action in Parliament

Once again we enjoyed the aantages of the democratic regime through the election.
The whole country is now relieved. The voters stood against pressure, a witch hunt, polarization, violence, hate discourse and corruption. The voters also said no to something else: a politician who was pursuing absolutist rule under the guise of a presidential system. The voters said andquotnoandquot to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the ballot box, which has served as the major source of democracy in the country. The voters said no to the AK Palace, andquotthe dreams for sultanateandquot according to the French daily Le Monde and andquotthe absolute sultan,andquot according to the German daily Sanduddeutsche Zeitung on June 8. If he had paid attention to a columnist from Yeni iafak who asked him to stop talking during the Gezi protests, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would still remain in power. He would have maintained his position and better understood the social and political message in these protests. For the first time in years, Erdogan remained silent after the elections. He must have properly read the message sent by voters and preferred silence. He and”interpretedand” the election results by instead issuing a written statement. He read the results properly by placing emphasis on the high turnout rate and the fair distribution of votes among political parties.
A quick review of European media reports focused on the election results in Turkey is sufficient to see that Europe also viewed the results as we did. The world views the result as the defeat of Erdogan, who sought absolute power. They read properly. The papers note that the voters put an end to a government that covered up corruption, arrested journalists as terrorists, seized a bank for political reasons and asked people to submit to its will. They say that the election results are a and”noand” to a politician who attempted to consolidate his power through the polarization of Turks and Kurds, secularists and conservatives, Alevis and Sunnis, and the West and East.
Now it is time for action in Parliament. The voters urged the political parties to reach consensus in Parliament and maintain dialogue — Parliament is a venue where the actors should communicate. The word Parliament is derived from parlare, which means to talk. Turkey was thirsty for discussion and dialogue and the voters paved the way for it. Do not pay attention to the initial statements. Politics has returned to its original home: Parliament. The people will pay no attention to weak politicians who try to attract the attention of their masters. Parliament is a venue where strong personalities are influential.
We will see whether or not the AKP will remain the most influential party in the country. Maybe this will happen if they read the election results properly and realize that people want peace, dialogue and legality rather than arbitrariness. But this is not sufficient, what made the AKP successful in the past was hope and expectations for reforms, democracy, freedom, brotherhood, the EU process and social justice. The AKP lost because it was no longer credible. We will see whether or not it will become credible again.
Voter support for the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) sends the same message. They wanted to see the HDP as representative of the Kurdish issue in Parliament. It will be more appropriate to see this as a message for peace and reconciliation to address this issue. The voters referred to Parliament as the venue for a solution and sent a strong message to those who prefer violence. I am sure that the HDP reads this message properly. We will see if Kandil, Imrali, the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), Europe and others also read it properly. You can read a lot about the coalition options so I will not discuss them here, but you can be sure that the coalition scenarios will make Parliament more important and the deputies as representatives of the people more significant. The re-emergence of Parliament as the venue of politics is a great opportunity for the representation of the people and the revival of institutional democracy. The impartiality and independence of state institutions, particularly the judiciary and central bank, is possible through a strong Parliament. Making the judiciary autonomous and focusing on corruption could be the initial steps of the new Parliament. I hope the election results bring peace to our country.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman