Turkey without ErdoIan, government without AKP

It was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was most seriously defeated in the parliamentary election held on June 7.
Everyone accepts this fact. Although he should have had nothing to do with the election under normal circumstances, Erdogan immersed himself knee-deep in the election campaign and became the architect of the ruling partyand’s glorious defeat. Acting as the most ardent supporter of the partisan campaigns in the run up to the election, Erdogan made a high-stakes gamble and suffered a big loss.
Paradoxically, Erdogan had sought to use the parliamentary election to abolish the parliamentary system. His ulterior motive was to pave the way for a one-man dictatorship disguised as a presidential system. With this goal in mind, he conducted an election campaign more fervently than the competing political parties. As a result of this campaign, which was rife with polarizing rhetoric, lies and slander that are unseemly for a president, the election turned into a vote on Erdogan. The loser of the election, formally for political parties, was Erdogan.
Erdogan was elected president by securing 52 percent of the national vote on Aug. 10, 2014, but unfortunately, and as expected, he failed to act like a proper president, instead breaching the principles of impartiality and failing to maintain a distance from active politics. In the end, he managed to secure only 40 percent of the national vote in June. In other words, Erdogan lost more than 10 percent of the vote in less than 10 months. Because of his extremely partisan policies, he lost legitimacy, which is critical in his position as president. Perhaps, Turkey had an Erdogan problem that had become more pressing than Turkeyand’s other problems even before the election. Since the election, this problem has become more crystalized.
The public gave a clear andquotnoandquot to Erdoganand’s ambition of building a one-man dictatorship in Turkey with help from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has become exhausted, corrupt, degenerate, arrogant and unlawful during its 13 years in power. The non-AKP supporters — corresponding to 60 percent of the national vote — made it clear, albeit for diverse reasons, that they donand’t want to live in an Erdogan-dominated country. We may assume that a significant proportion of the voters who voted for the AKP — despite the fact that it fails to end Erdoganand’s tutelage and lacks the will power to banish Erdogan — have similar perceptions about Erdogan. For a long time, Erdogan meant hope for Turkey, but his recently developed ambitions, accompanied by corruption and arbitrariness, have turned him into a great burden for everyone.
Yes, Erdogan lost. But he has not yet given up. If andquotthe AKP cannot give up power and it is doomed to maintain power,andquot as Deputy Prime Minister Bandulent Arinandc once noted, Erdogan is more doomed to try to hold on to power. Given the fact that it is Erdogan who is primarily responsible for the crimes and unlawful acts committed and the controversial relations established with radical terrorist organizations during the 13 years of the AKPand’s power, we can understand why Erdogan badly needs power.
Yes, Erdogan lost, but he is obliged to stay in power at all costs. He needs it badly. But, how can this be done? Of course, with devious political intrigues… If the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) fail to realize that what voters want is a Turkey without Erdogan and a government without the AKP, Turkey will never be able to get rid of the Erdogan-centric nightmare. A party that is willing to become a pawn in a political game choreographed by Erdogan, instead of forcing Erdogan and his cronies to account for their past deeds will suffer a serious defeat in the first election.
Thus, a party that chooses to become the AKPand’s coalition partner, rather than partner with the other two parties and deny the AKP the opportunity to stay in power, will be an accomplice to all of the AKPand’s dirty and corrupt deeds and pay the price in the first election.
Therefore, what should be done is obvious. The first thing should be to prevent Erdogan from manipulating politics as he skillfully tried via his meeting with CHP deputy Deniz Baykal on Wednesday. For this purpose, Erdogan must be imprisoned within the constitutional confines of the post he occupies, and then he must be removed from that role and brought to account for the constitutional crimes he committed ruthlessly to fulfill his voracious ambitions.
In this context, although he was a seasoned politician, Baykal made a big mistake by accepting a meeting with Erdogan. Although the meeting wasnand’t held at the presidential palace despite Erdoganand’s wishes, Baykal became a tool for Erdoganand’s continued ambitions for redesigning politics according to his personal desires.
The most urgent and vital task for the CHP, MHP and HDP is to stop Erdogan from setting the political agenda, and this is what voters want. Also, they must refrain from being the AKPand’s coalition partner and act wisely enough to strip Erdogan of the possibility of taking the country to early elections.
With the mandate given to them by voters, the CHP, MHP and HDP now have the power to investigate the crimes, corrupt practices and unlawful acts masterminded by Erdogan and the AKP. Moreover, they now have the potential to be the key actors restoring democracy and rule of law. If the three parties place emphasis on their ancillary disagreements and miss this historic opportunity, they will face a hefty price in the next election.
I believe these three parties may act together temporarily with the agenda of restoring democracy and the rule of law, and to get rid of the nightmare called Erdogan. They have the necessary facilities and intellect they may require to this end. It is the responsibility and duty of these parties not to be part of the problem called Erdogan and not be a partner in the AKPand’s crimes. The political players who do not want to be buried with the debris of the presidential palace that collapsed in the election must refrain from being pawns in a political intrigue masterminded by the presidential palace.