Turkish Elections

You worship not besides Him except [mere] names you have named them, you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. Legislation is not but for Allah. He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

Quran, 12:40.

Today, a general election is to be held on Turkey. To be precise, five hours later.

I will not vote at today, and I will never vote.

Before say anything about the elections, first we must meet with Turkish political parties. There would be 31 different political parties, but I will only present five of them. Also 11 parties had not submitted any candidates.

1. Justice and Progress Party

The ruling party of Turkey since 2002. The main party of Islamists and social conservatives. Made some good things, but created a crony capitalism and widespread corruption. They would get the plurality of the votes. They lost some votes because of economic conditions (Turkish economy is not good at that time) and the emerging Kurdish nationalist movement. Conservative Kurds are swinging to the People’s Democratic Party, and conservative Turks to the Nationalist Movement Party and Felicity Party.

2. Republican People’s Party

The main opposition party. The oldest party of Turkey, they were founded before Turkey was founded. The main party of Turkish secularists and Kemalists, and social democrats of Turkey, interesting for a left-wing party, they would get some nationalist votes. Not corrupted like JPP, but anti-Islamist, modernist and Demotist movement. Probably they would gain between 25 and 30 percent of the vote.

3. Nationalist Movement Party

The second opposition party. The main party of Turkish nationalists. It is a coalition between conservative Turkish nationalists, and secularist Turkish nationalists. Probably they get a higher vote than in 2011, between 15 and 20 percent.

4. Felicity Party

The party of hardline Islamists. They would not take any seats at the parliament, because of the ten percent election threshold (the highest in the World.), but they would gain the support some disillusioned JPP voters.

5. People’s Democratic Party

The party of Kurdish modernism. Unfortunately, most of the Kurdish nationalists and half of the Kurds in Turkey became fucking leftists, and they became the fourth greatest political party in Turkey. Also the most of the Marxists of Turkey supports that party. The problem for them is the ten percent election threshold. If they get pass from this threshold, they would get 70 seats in the parliament (Turkish parliament has 550 seats), if they don’t, they would get nothing, but since they are extremely strong in the Southeastern provinces of Turkey, they would create tensions.

The other 26 parties are not important, because they would not get more than one percent of the votes, at best two percent of the votes.

Turkey has two important problems, emerging Kurdish nationalism, and economic problems. But still, I am quite hopeful. Because, Turkish people has lost their hope.

What do I mean?

Turkish people don’t trust to elections, in the last local elections, there were widespread rumors of election frauds, and 29 people were arrested for making election fraud. And according to the polls, almost half of the Turkish people think that this election would be an unfair one. The illusion of demotism had begun to dissipate. And some people began to realize that democracy is a lie, and I saw a monarchist flyer for the first time of my life. I saw some anti-demotist Islamist flyer, but Ottoman monarchist flyer is a new thing for me. I always cried when I saw that flyer.

Keep it up, brothers and sisters.

“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are true believers.” Quran, 3:139

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