Saturday 06 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike
I am not one to get too involved in politics, and certainly not on my blog. In my humble opinion, everyone has a right to their own opinion, their own political views, and each of us has the right to follow whatever religion we want, or none, love and marry who we want, and other such basic civil liberties that our 21st century world leaders still struggle to bestow upon the populace.
However, what I do try occasionally, is to add a dose of politics and/or religion in order to explain our life and culture here in the Near East – so here’s an intro to a blog post that may be of interest…
Tomorrow, our nation heads for a General Election that is seen as pivotal to the future of Türkiye as a democratic nation. We all have our ideas of how it will pan out and what that will mean, but for those in other countries, and have an interest in how things are shaping up over here, this makes interesting reading (author is a Near/Middle East political analyst based in the US who seems to really understand the complexities of the region).
Watch this space, as they say. I used to think politics was boring; not here, that’s for sure!!
When Turkish voters go to the polls this Sunday, it will mark the end of what has been an interminable 15 month long election cycle in Turkey encompassing municipal elections, a presidential election, and finally parliamentary elections. This would be have been taxing under the best of circumstances, but given the factors involved – including but not limited to the transition of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from prime minister to president, the fate of Erdoğan’s desired constitutional overhaul and prospective presidential system, the pending forced retirement of term-limited AKP legislators, the ongoing fallout from the Syrian civil war, the Kurdish peace process hanging on by a thread, the increasingly nationalist tone of the government following the 2013 Gezi protests, the war between the AKP and its former Gülenist allies, worsening assaults on freedom of speech and expression, and allegations of rampant AKP corruption – the last 15 months have been rough on Turkish society and Turkey’s political system, to say the least……..
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