December 14, 2019 | News | No Comments
Turkey’s elections need more sociological and anthropological questions than just political and policy-centric questions. This election is not just about Erdogan and his growing influence over Turkey’s political future. It is also about how and where the Turkish voters relate themselves with the existing political alternatives. Here are five keyquestions about how the Sunday election should be understood.
1. AKP is like Congress Party in India
The AK Party is like India’s Congress Party where diverse sections of the society have joined hands to remain in power. Its ideological and conservative identity is mostly overshadowed by a more assertive middle class or the Anatolian bourgeoisie. Their ability to accommodate the largest division of the society, including a significant section of the secular vote, is still their main strength. In this election, nationalism should have been the main card, but it has already been grabbed by the AKP. Now, the seculars and liberals speaking against Syrian refugees and promising to send them back are looking very odd. The AKP’s main anxiety is the declining value of Lira. Whether any opposition president can fix it immediately may not convince many voters. So, the stability and continuity remain a better choice for many of them.
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