Turks have taken ownership of democracy

Turks have taken ownership of democracy. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) had put forth the notion of a and”new Turkeyand” in order to inch towards a presidential system from a parliamentary system and differentiate itself from other parties and thoughts.
The June 7 general election in Turkey proved that parliamentary democracy is rooted in Turkey much more deeply than had been thought. The Turkish political system, over which the military tutelage had hold since the formation of the Committee of Union of Progress in 1889, was able to renew itself for the first time on June 7. A coup similar to one carried out by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt was prevented. A resonating and”noand” was the response from the people to a totalitarian regime. The empire of fear came to an end. Youths and women not only actively participated in the elections, they also entered Parliament. The average age of deputies dropped. One-sixth of Parliament is now made up of women. Three Armenian (AK Party, Republican Peopleand’s Party [CHP] and Peoplesand’ Democratic Party [HDP]) and one Roma (CHP)itizens of Turkey were successful parliamentary candidates.
June 7 demonstrated that the Turkish people donand’t want tension. It didnand’t end the AK Party, but it sure gave them a finger-wagging. It also was a signal for the CHP to renew itself. Kurds have become a part of the greater social conscience of Turkey. In the West leftist and right-wing Turks supported the Kurdsand’ desire to become a greater part of Turkey. They carried the Kurds from the mountains to which they had confined them in the past into Parliament. By supporting the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), they placed this party in opposition to the HDP in Parliament. In 16 provinces of the East and Southeast, where the HDP garnered a great percentage of the vote, the Kurds chose the HDP, making it the single party of the region. In these provinces, the influence of the AK Party, which had encompassed the whole of Turkey, was erased. With the June 7 election, Kurdish conservatives began to break away from the AK Party, in both the east and west of Turkey. We have a question before us now: Will the HDP maintain its Kurdish identity of the past, or will it take on a leftist identity with a Kurdish leaning? Itand’s time for the HPD and the Kurds to overcome their teenage angst.
The two losing parties of the June 7 election are the AK Party and the CHP, and their two leaders, Ahmet Davutoilu and Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu. As of June 8, neither will feel as comfortable as they once did. Both leaders are now at the beginning of the end of their careers. Even though they both claim that they are pleased with the election results, the AK Party will surely enter a phase of renewal. The AK Party will try to overcome the 13-year exhaustion of singlehandedly leading Turkey. The door was been opened for former President Abdullah Gandul, who has proven that he doesnand’t like to take chances in politics, to return to the political realm. A leadership of an AK-Party led by the duo of Erdogan and Gandul is being talked about once again. In the CHP, Kiliandcdaroilu is completely closed off to the idea of changing methods. This will only work to increase the decay in the party. It has become evident that even the Alevis of Turkey, of which Chairman Kiliandcdaroilu is one, donand’t trust the CHP. Tunceli, which voted CHP in 2011, turned to the HDP, an act that proves how true this is. Kiliandcdaroilu is from Tunceli, and he is an Alevi and”dedeand” (spiritual leader). Despite this, following the 2011 elections and the 2014 Alevi General Assembly, he has not been able to meet the expectations of the Alevi voter base. As such, the legend of and”Kemal of Dersimand” has come to an end.
Will there be cooperation and consensus? Or an early election? What about a minority government? Deputies changing parties? The Istanbul wealth-holders had indicated that they hoped for an AK Party-CHP coalition prior to the election. The AK Party has been quiet. The CHP appears not to favor the idea however, it may be open to it in the event of some insistence. We shall wait and see.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman