The support given to Turkey’s main opposition – CHP – by western media outlets only harms the party more than widening its prospects.
“The trauma experienced by the CHP electorate since the election day is surely in the realm of psychiatry.”
Following Muharrem Ince’s success in the elections in comparison to the CHP as a whole, the question arises as to whether he will run for chairmanship.
Political players that draw the right lessons from the June 24 elections will successfully adapt to changing circumstances.
The June 24 elections were the first general elections that were held in the aftermath of the failed military coup attempt on July 15, 2016, and as such they represented the dawn of democratic normalization and a potential end to the state of emergency that was declared after the coup.
The significance of Sunday’s election for President Erdogan was clear: it represented a hurdle that he needed to overcome in order to gain political power through democratic means.
“It would not be wrong to state that the main objective of the opposition parties, which was to block Erdogan from winning in the first round and to cause a “divided government” between the legislative and executive branches ultimately ended in a fiasco.”
Having handled serious domestic and foreign policy crises over the years, including party closure cases and a failed coup attempt, Erdogan’s campaign for the presidential system has been accepted by the Turkish electorate.
Turkey’s elections produced many winners, democracy was one. But also a wide spectrum of ideas representing all of Turkey have found a place inside parliament.
The electorate who voted in the June 24 elections in Turkey have given President Erdogan the opportunity to convey the presidential system.