On Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:29:17 GMT
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Title: Turkey election: Erdogan thanks voters for 'love'
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:55:26 -0400
The Turkish president addressed supporters in Ankara after his victory in a
.... and plans his executive presidency, modeled on the solar system.
Turkey’s new Presidential Palace, modeled after the White House, will
open its more than 1,000 offices to specialists working for the
presidency. “We will make decisions faster; all services will be
results-oriented,” Mr. Erdogan said while introducing the system.
But the Turkish parliament still stands tall and there things may get
tricky for the president. The Grand National Assembly’s new shape
offers some optimism to the Turkish left. The People’s Democratic Party
and the Republican People’s Party gained more than 200 seats in what
will be a 600-seat body. Selahattin Demirtas, the imprisoned
presidential candidate of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party,
won significantly more than Meral Aksener, the leader of the newly
formed nationalist Good Party, who vowed to send back all Syrian
refugees to Aleppo.
Ahmet Sik, a Turkish reporter famed for his exposé of the infiltration
into Turkish military and the judiciary by the followers of the cleric
Fethullah Gulen, has been elected to a parliamentary seat. Twice jailed
for his journalism, Mr. Sik will conceivably be a leading defender of
Turkish journalists, 150 of whom are in Turkish jails.
The electoral competition was unfair, but as often happens in Turkish
affairs, repression has led to original thinking. The opposition’s
humorous and brave campaign caught the government off guard.
Muharrem Ince, the main presidential contender and winner of nearly 31
percent of the vote, did not dispute the results, and lost in style.
“The man has won,” he texted a Fox television journalist. When he
addressed the press a few hours later, he was visibly shaken but
answered all the questions. Some feared a vote-rigging, but then came
the news that both Mr. Demirtas’s and Ms. Aksener’s parties passed the
10 percent threshold to get parliamentary seats.
While campaigning, Mr. Erdogan presented his vision as the
establishment one and this is perhaps how he won the “silent majority.”
Mr. Erdogan appeared dispassionate in victory. In 2013 his Justice and
Development Party joined the European Conservatives and Reformists
political family. Some of his critics compare Mr. Erdogan to President
Vladimir Putin of Russia and other strongmen, while others see him as
an Islamist, but Mr. Erdogan identifies himself as a conservative.
The mood was also conservative-gray in Cihangir around noon on Monday.
I yawned reading the election coverage. But then a construction crew
showed up on the street and began breaking all the cobblestones for
some building project. It was business as usual.