Despite Twitter ban, Corruption Charges, Turkey PM claims victory, warns Islamist rivals ‘will pay price’

Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals ‘will pay price’ (via AFP)

Turkey’s Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory for his Islamic-rooted party in Sunday’s key local elections and warned his foes they will “pay the price” for plotting his downfall. “Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed,” Erdogan told a…


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  1. What’s to be gained by his gaining the presidency? Is this an in-out dodge on term-limits, like Putin performed with Medvedev and the Russian presidency?

    And what’s the prognosis on the economy? With this referendum on the guy over, and apparently won, will the money markets calm down and return to pre-gezi levels?

    • He can remove the term limits at the Party level, Travis. the attraction is/has been the desire for an all-powerful presidency by a rewritten constitution.

      Back in the days of AKP pretend-democracy, he was trying to get it through with promises of favors to come to the BDP (Kurdish party, which has been foolish enough to trust him).

      Now that’ he’s declared war on 54% of Turkey, he can ram it through if he wants. He’ll be embraced by Russia and, oddly a lot of the academic left (such as it is).

      economy’s hard to say; probably helped by the Russian market’s nose-dive, but you’re still looking at a state with few energy resources, an economy reliant on construction funded by the state and not all of it remunerative, a real threat of the “creative class” expatriating; these youngsters aren’t so nationalist as the Kemalists were, they’ve seen Europe via the Erasmus program and postbac studies, and they’re not the kinds of Turks that cause friction in Europe. My friends/former students living there are doing fine thanks.
      the other things about the economy are;
      1. that the books haven’t been audited for years, so no one really knows either the actual health of the state or the extent of corruption, and
      2. Tayyip has his own opinions about economic management and he might be less likely to listen to the counsel of Babacan, the only competent economic mind in the government.

  2. So much for the idea that Turkey was a democracy waiting to happen and the Islamists would save us from the generals. At least that little fantasy launched a raft of academic conferences and secured not a few tenure-and-promotion bids.

  3. Fehim Taştekin sums it up well:

    In his victory speech from the party headquarters’ balcony, Erdogan was accompanied by ministers and his son Bilal, also implicated in the corruption scandal, as if he was saying, “They are now acquitted.” Erdogan openly declared a war on the Gulen movement when he said, “We will enter their dens from now on. Yes. They will be held accountable. They will pay the price.” He also stated that Syria “is at war with us,” signaling that he would be even more hawkish in foreign policy.

    And so it comes as no surprise that Vladimir Putin called to congratulate Erdogan on his victory.

  4. Hubris is the word that occurs to me. It strikes me Turkey’s real potential has come from its growing middle class, with an educated and more worldly youth, and everything that can natural evolve into. Chase that potential out and the world spins in reverse. I get the sense of young people frustrated and disgusted rather than mad per se: a why should I put up with this s*** attitude?

    Geo-strategically, and in terms of history, the country is/was? poised to do very, very well. But, the right attitude has got to be there. The story of the lost potential is an old one.

  5. What’s with the:

    Despite Twitter ban, Corruption Charges, Turkey PM claims victory,

    His party won a resounding victory in the polls. His actions against various social media have nothing to do with that one way or the other. The Turkish electorate demonstrated in the clearest way possible that they want more of what he and his party are offering. I may, in fact I do, deplore his increasing authoritarianism and vengefulness but I also recognise that it is his authoritarian style that many in the electorate admire and vote for.


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