Erdoğan: Turkey’s only option for stability
Only a couple of weeks left for the early elections in Turkey. Over three million Turkish expatriates will begin voting for June 24 presidential and general election.
The Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Meral Akşener, Muharrem İnce, Doğu Perinçek, Temel Karamollaoğlu and Selahattin Demirtaş will compete in the upcoming presidential race.
It is clear that the battle for Parliament will be tough too, but this also reflects the power and virtues of our democracy.
Let us remember the reasons behind Erdoğan’s decision to hold elections early. The first is the offer by Bahçeli to hold early elections before the public. The second reason is massive attacks against Turkish economy. Also, Turkey is been in election mood after the July 15 coup attempt, which let by FETO terror group. The fourth reason is the opposition began to feel overwhelmed in front of the AK Party-MHP alliance and its attempted use of nondemocratic means and organization of street movements similar to that of Gezi, and the final reason is that Turkey chose a presidential system on April 16, 2017 and since then has been in a transitional period.
What now? The June 24 election is truly a turning point in Turkish politics since it is surrounded by many unknowns. Turkey will not only hold two simultaneous elections but also transition into a new system of government, and it is unclear how those factors will affect voter behavior.
The candidates are required to obtain 51 percent of the votes to become president.
Although the polls seem in favor of Erdoğan, all the parties and candidates are maintaining their campaigns with great enthusiasm, which is a positive picture for the future of Turkey’s democracy.
President Erdoğan has realized that Turkey now has to base its economic growth on production and exports, thus the AK Party manifesto seeks to build factories, undertake high-tech projects and in turn, build a massive defense industry. This is a goal that only the AK Party can achieve as it has already created the infrastructure to fulfill such goals.
But Erdoğan also has to struggle against the Western powers that are coaching these people and the huge FETÖ network in the U.S. and Germany that provides support to the opposition parties, especially the CHP and the İP. So while Erdoğan is the favorite to win the presidential elections, the challenges he faces are rather tough.
Despite all of this, Erdoğan continues to set his own agenda. The reason behind this is that Erdoğan has maintained his ambitious administrative style. Erdoğan continues to be strong in both domestic and international politics.
Through the election, Turkey will determine not only the next five years, but its 2053 and 2071 objectives on June 24.
An interesting election period continues.The final word will be the decision of the Turkish people, not the suggestions and directives of outsiders.