What could go wrong?/updated
Posted by Charles II on November 1, 2015
An increasingly authoritarian figure, who has supported ISIS, in charge of a NATO country hosting nuclear weapons.
What could go wrong?
Jon Henley, Kareem Shaheen, and Constanze Letsch, The Guardian:
Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, tightened his grip on power decisively on Sunday as his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) swept back to single-party government with an unexpectedly convincing win in national elections.
The high-stakes vote, Turkey’s second in five months, took place in a climate of mounting tension and violence ….
The result could exacerbate divisions in a country deeply polarised along both ethnic and sectarian lines….
With 97.4% of votes counted, the AKP had won 49.4%, the state broadcaster TRT reported, giving the AKP at least 315 seats in the 550-member parliament, more than enough to form a government on its own.
This is the environment in which that election occurred.
In Turkey, police have raided and shut down the offices of television channels and newspapers ahead of Sunday’s national election. Police fired pepper spray and water cannons at protesters outside. Turkish journalist Mustafa Kilic, who works for one of the raided newspapers, spoke out.
Mustafa Kilic: “We came to work feeling as if we are criminals. We prepared today’s newspaper under police blockade. We have mentioned it in our stories. We are under police blockade. Psychologically, we cannot work, and that is how we prepared this newspaper for print. As for tomorrow’s newspaper, today the trustees came and talked to us and said, ‘Go away if that’s how you think.’”
The US has so far not protested this blatant manipulation of the election. Although, one must say that US positioning of its troops among Kurdish fighters is one of the boldest steps the Obama Administration has taken, one that sets us squarely athwart Erdogan’s seemingly genocidal strategy against the Kurds.
Added. Kareem Shaheen, Guardian:
International observers of Turkey’s parliamentary elections have criticised the climate of violence and fear that preceded the vote, saying the security environment, arrests of opposition activists and stifling of press freedoms combined to make the campaign unfair.
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