Turkey elections surprise results.
Posted by QB on July 23, 2007
Turkey election results with 85% votes counted AK (Justice and Development Party) getting 48% of vote which is really a significant increase when compared to previous elected where they get 34% votes. The early elections were called after opposition and the military blocked Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul presidency. The opposition and military accused the ruling AK party that it has the Islamic agenda without any proof. AK party never done anything which can be defined as turning Turkey into Islamic State. The people of Turkey have voted for them for economic growth and stability. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Abdullah Gul is still the candidate for president and he will be the candidate as long as he wants.
The Turkey constitution has given Military enormous powers which was used against the elected government and it will not be a big surprise if Military use it again overthrowing present government. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has many problems ahead including dealing with Kurds terrorists in Turkey and to invade Iraq Kurdish area for political gains.
Role of the military in Turkish politics
Since Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the modern secular Republic of Turkey in 1923, the Turkish military has perceived itself as the guardian of Kemalism, the official state ideology, even though Atatürk himself insisted on separating the military from politics. The TAF still maintains an important degree of influence over Turkish politics and the decision making process regarding issues related to Turkish national security, albeit decreased in the past decades, via the National Security Council.
The military has had a record of intervening in politics. Indeed, it assumed power for several periods in the latter half of the 20th century. It executed coup d’etats in 1960, 1971, and 1980. Most recently, it maneuvered the removal of an Islamic-oriented prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan, in 1997.
In April 27, 2007, in advance of the November 4, 2007 presidential election, and in reaction to the politics of Abdullah Gül who has a past record of involvement in Islamist political movements and banned Islamist parties such as the Welfare Party, the army issued a statement of its interests. It said that the army is a party to “arguments” regarding secularism; that Islamism ran counter to the secular nature of the Turkish Republic, and to the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Army’s statement ended with a clear warning that the Turkish Armed Forces stood ready to intervene if the secular nature of the Turkish Constitution is compromised, stating that “the Turkish Armed Forces maintain their sound determination to carry out their duties stemming from laws to protect the unchangeable characteristics of the Republic of Turkey. Their loyalty to this determination is absolute.”