VOMENA: November 4, 2015

The Politics of Fear and the Turkish Elections

pg-21-turkey-2-apAfter a summer of bloodshed, intimidation and the arrests of hundreds of leftist activists and journalists and full-blown military attacks against the Kurdish PKK forces, on Sunday, Nov 1st, President Erdogan’s AKP party reversed its recent electoral misfortune by winning the majority it had lost in June’s parliamentary election, and came one step closer to his long-held aspiration of imposing his absolute personal rule over Turkey, through a constitutional amendment.

This week, we’ll speak with Istanbul based political scientist Osman Shanin about the parliamentary election results in Turkey and what enabled Mr. Erdogan’s party, AKP to gain a solid majority after last June’s parliamentary defeat

Additional Information

Turkish Election Analysis in Jadaliyya 

The Guardian on fairness in the elections

 

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