Jun 29 2018

Political instability likely following Erdoğan election win – scholar

Turkey’s polite opposition coalition is falling apart in the wake of the victories of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) at elections on Sunday, anthropologist Jenny White wrote in The American Interest magazine.

“The vast sea of people at İnce’s rallies barely appeared in the Turkish news. Erdoğan trapped the opposition inside a social media bubble where only their supporters heard them. On election night, there were continual reports of irregularities and attacks on election observers,” she wrote.

“Already CHP’s leader (Kemal) Kılıçdaroğlu has criticised İnce for not winning and angrily fended off calls to resign from the party leadership. İnce has broached the idea of starting a movement of his own. As the fissures deepen, Turkey seems headed for a period of seismic social and political instability.”

There are no traditional mechanisms for power-sharing among leaders in Turkish culture, White said, and so coalitions like that of the opposition at the last election tend to be short-lived.

At a time when enormous amounts of power are being handed over to their rival, Erdoğan, this does not bode well for democracy in Turkey, she said.

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