Will AKP read election defeat properly?

In the June 7 election, Turkey sent a clear message against the impositions enforced by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For the first time, the AKP in the June 7 election faced a significant decline in terms of popular support, failing to win the majority sufficient to form a single-party government. Will the AKP and Erdogan take this lesson properly?
The AKP conducted its election campaign like a state party. It used state resources. Erdogan violated the Constitution and participated in the AKPand’s campaign to attract support. Erdogan and the AKP mainly sought to ensure that the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) would fail to pass the election threshold because that would mean 60-65 additional seats in Parliament for the AKP. In such a situation, Erdogan might also have been able to attain his goal of introducing a Turkish-type presidential system.
A number of HDP election offices were attacked their workers and volunteers were arrested. Violent attacks were staged against them in Adana, Mersin and Diyarbakir. The aim of the provocateurs was to intimidate the undecided voters to ensure that they would not vote for the HDP. At this point, the reasonable and constructive response by the HDP to the attacks should be underlined. The efforts by Selahattin Demirtai in particular are commendable.
Given this huge pressure, the HDPand’s success is particularly important and significant. The AKP had nothing to offer in the campaign other than the introduction of a Turkish-type presidential system. In addition, it conducted a severe campaign in which it blamed the opposition and caused extreme tension among people. But there was no ground for this policy of tension and polarization that previously served its interest. The parallel state argument was no longer influential it attempted to invent new enemies by targeting some media groups, but that did not work. Subsequently, it referred to imagined external forces, but it was obvious this discourse would not seek anything other than to preserve their corrupt power.
Erdogan took a risk by becoming part of the election campaign and he lost. People strongly reacted to him because he used the presidential office for daily political interests. This is the greatest lesson that the AKP should learn from the election. Will it become part of Erdoganand’s ambitions and aspirations to create a single-man regime?
Obviously, pro-Erdogan militants who have no informed knowledge of democracy in the AKP will prevent the party from making a sound assessment of the election. But what will the reasonable AKP figures who preferred to remain silent during this process do? Will they remain silent in face of the decline of the AKP?
The AKP will face internal disagreements I have said this before. As underlined by some pro-government figures, the AKP is no longer magical. But if these disagreements lead to discussions around the main question I asked above, that would be constructive. Whether or not it will become a genuine party that has genuine offers depends on this. And maybe this would lead to a partition of the AKP as well. Only then will Turkey be able to see the destruction Erdogan and his ardent supporters caused and address it more properly.
The AKP already completed its historical mission when it failed to properly prosecute the corruption and bribery allegations. The June 7 election is a great opportunity for the AKP to face its own reality. The HDP, which, despite all pressures, won seats in Parliament, has offered this opportunity. What path will the AKP, which has become a pro-state and pro-status quo party, take? We will see.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman