While opposition parties failed to list a joint candidate for the presidential elections, attempting to form a coalition for the parliamentary vote has been nothing more than chaos since the opposition parties have nothing in common to merge on.
The coalition formed between the opposition parties in Turkey is not an organic process and is therefore likely to fail in convincing voters to support such a grouping with no clear program to govern the country after the elections.
The AK Party’s campaign will show as to whether the coalition with the MHP will affect how the Kurdish electorate will vote.
The shift to a presidential system may be the most critical step in institutionalizing democratic politics in Turkey. It promises to further the empowerment of the elected representatives of people vis-à-vis the bureaucracy, enlargement of the sphere of politics and increase the influence of elections. In a nutshell, it places the popular will above any other will and at the center of politics. This is the core of the silent revolution that Erdogan has achieved in the last 15-plus years.
“Time is more than ripe for the TCMB to reconsider its monetary policy stance and take into account real factors such as employment, economic growth, income inequality and, last but not least, the development process of the country when constructing monetary policy function. After all, central banks are for the people, right?”
Over the course of the past seven years, Kilicdaroglu’s CHP differed from former party leader Deniz Baykal’s CHP in this aspect: “What is social democracy? Kemalism is over, long live opportunism!”
Two important strategies of the political opposition failed in the election process. However, this does not mean that the opposition parties will quit searching a way for uniting against President Erdogan and the AK Party.
The electoral behavior of Turkey’s Kurds with regard to the AK Party and Erdogan vis a vis the HDP shows that President Erdogan has become a much tougher challenge for the HDP in comparison to the AK Party as a whole.
The political opposition in Turkey ought to find a different strategy other than “anti-Erdoganism,” as this will not win them an election.
While anti-Erdoganism may unite a crowd of people in Turkey, the opposition needs to change its election tactic in order to achieve any sustainable result.