The results of Turkey’s June 7 general election aren’t going to stick, after efforts to convince the opposition to allow the AKP to rule with a plurality in a minority government failed, and efforts to sell a grand coalition deal to them similarly failed.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has now advised the parliament to schedule fresh elections as soon as possible, saying he believes another vote is the “only option” left after his party failed to secure a straight majority in the June vote.
The AKP’s failure in the June vote was seen as great measure the result of unrest among the Kurdish minority in Turkey, a problem that is all the greater now that the Erdogan government is in an outright war against the Kurdish PKK, and carrying out airstrikes against targets on Turkish soil.
How that new election will work out remains to be seen, with the AKP apparently counting on the idea that the new war will get them some support from nationalists, while opponents of the war are likely to be all the more mobilized to vote against them.
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These people simply needs to be in line with war criminals and be prosecuted by highest court in Turkey. Erdogan regime is in line with George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and Europe Neo fascism-Neo liberals that started Iraq war, ISIS is the result of their idiocy. By supporting ISIS, Erdogan cooperation with Saudis creating such barbaric as ISIS, needs to be the concern of international courts of law, they simply need to be replaced by the Turkish people for the turkey not fir NATO nor Saudis or USA.
They'll have to keep voting until they get it right.
That seems to be the operating definition of "democracy" in the EU and in areas influenced by the US. Why should we expect Turkey to be any different.
Of course it is foolish to run a country that way. But they are not alone.
The Kurds wouldn't vote for Erdogan so he retaliates by cancelling negotiations and starting a new campaign of organized mass murder.
That makes him a perfect ally for Uncle Sam.
As Jason says, this is an unpredictable situation, but we should all hope this is the end for Erdogan and his policy of encouraging Syrian rebels.
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