The new source of debate in Turkey is not whether the government would fall with elections; rather, it is whether the opposition alliance will endure. Instead of merely discussing the possibility of early elections, the opposition should push for the holding of actual elections.
A Twitter account said to be related to the Pelican Group, an informal formation with influence and close ties to President Erdoğan, has removed its video comparing presidential aides Altun and Kalın with each other other. The video defends Altun against the opposition and somehow ends up bashing Kalın. After the video was released, Kalın on Twitter shared a message in which he urged for "patience in the face of calamity."
National causes and many of the “existential threats” against Turkey have to do with foreign policy. Public opinion is sharp on “what is wanted from us and what is spared from us” though it cannot exactly pinpoint what it wants itself.
As Turkish politics have been reduced to a binary dichotomy between the government bloc and the opposition, İYİ Party plays a somewhat unifying and dampening effect in that regard. But while the government is out of touch with the people, the opposition is not tuned in with it either.
More regulation has traditionally been in conflict with the basic principles of the freedom of speech in Turkey, and if the opposition is lured into supporting this new initiative, they will likely participate in the closure of a big part of the communication space, including its own.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
The recent explosion of interest in Turkey for the likes of Sebastian Haffner’s and Ernst Fraenkel books is telling on its own. These German exiles of pre-WW2 period relate the story of lockstep marching of their societies to outright fascism. And we relate to them. And we look at Russia and China and we relate to them as well.
Erdoğan’s primary goal is to keep the oppositional forces split and not face the massive loss of the June 2015 elections once again, which saw the AKP lose its parliamentary majority. The same applies to the local elections of 2019, where the AKP lost its grip on all the country’s major cities. Erdoğan will resort to any means available to remain president, for good.
Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki discuss what is happening in Turkish politics in the light of last week's move by the government to strip the parliamentary statuses of three opposition politicians. They try to find answers to what President Erdoğan tries to achieve by ordering the jailing of three opposition politicians now, whether there is a snap election looming and whether there is still need for an election alliance of the opposition parties.
Turkey's opposition parties have expressed their concern at the death threats issued against slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's wife Rakel Dink and the lawyer of the Hrant Dink Foundation. They have said that the threats were a result of the current political climate which encourages discrimination and polarizing language.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) held an online meeting with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recently-founded offshoots of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Islamist Felicity Party (Saadet). Meeting in the context of Eid al-Fitr greetings, the deputies noted that the Turkish opposition must unite to establish a political environment with less polarization and more freedoms.
Dersim Mayor Mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu claims that three leading pro-government news agencies in Turkey, have been imposing a de facto embargo on the province. Maçoğlu told the daily BirGün that although local reporters send their stories from Dersim, the headquarters would not publish them. Maçoğlu is the only mayor in the country elected from the Turkish Communist Party (TKP).
Turkey's media watchdog penalized a news show on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV with a five-time broadcast cancellation and a monetary fine. A member of the watchdog council from the main opposition CHP İlhan Taşcı slammed the watchdog institution for what he deemed to be obvious bias.
Opposition says gov’t failing in managing coronavirus crisis after sudden 2-day curfew sparks shopping rush
Several members of opposition parties have criticized the government for announcing the decision of a 48-hour curfew only two hours left to lockdown. The sudden announcement led to panic, with crowds rushing to markets and bakeries and flouting social distancing advice.
Nobody in their right mind can think that being an opposition party in an autocratic environment is easy. However, one cannot learn how to swim without jumping in the water. Ali Babacan's party DEVA seems to be enjoying the dry land, not taking any risks, at a time when citizens are expecting brave and wise leadership.