AK party wins lo­cal elec­tions, gain­ing over 45% of the votes

Sev­eral women won the elec­tions for the first time in the Turk­ish lo­cal elec­tions. Er­do­gan’s AK seems un­con­quer­able than ever

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De­spite crit­i­cism Turkey held lo­cal elec­tions suc­cess­fully. The Turk­ish and Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties were as­signed sev­eral women can­di­dates for the elec­tions and a num­ber of them suc­ceeded.

Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment (AK) party took over 45% of the votes in the coun­try’s lo­cal elec­tions on March 30th. Many say he is now the great Sul­tan of the coun­try.

Be­fore the elec­tions, many be­lieved that Prime Min­is­ter Er­do­gan can­not win the elec­tions, but his party gained a big tri­umph un­ex­pect­edly and it was like a shock for other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

How­ever, It was a de­ci­sive elec­tion for the Kur­dish re­gions. The num­ber of the votes of the Kur­dish Peace and Democ­racy Party (BDP) in­creased, in com­par­i­son to the pre­vi­ous elec­tion.

The elec­tions turned into a huge happy ref­er­en­dum for AK party and Er­do­gan him­self. He passed it suc­cess­fully. The past sev­eral months have been a gen­uine mael­strom of scan­dals, con­tro­ver­sial clam­p­down on the judges, prose­cu­tors and the me­dia out­lets. It has been a real mael­strom even on YouTube as well as on Twit­ter.

Later, con­sti­tu­tional court ruled the ac­tion il­le­gal. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say that PM Er­do­gan could con­found his op­po­nents very smartly.

By win­ning the lo­cal elec­tions power- fully, AK party makes its base stronger in Turkey but still his demo­cratic cre­den­tials are look­ing weaker be­cause the PM Er­do­gan’s party is in­creas­ingly be­hav­ing au­to­crat­i­cally.

The pro­tes­tors were at­tacked by po­lice forces and AK party faced al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion scan­dals and it also un­der­mined free­doms of speech too, ac­cord­ing to re­ports pub­lished by re­li­able in­ter­na­tional news agencies.

The rul­ing party has also tried to grad­u­ally con­trol ju­di­ciary sys­tem as well as se­cu­rity and po­lice forces. Now, an­a­lysts say that Turkey has di­vided be­tween pi­ous and sec­u­lar­ists, be­tween Sunni and Ale­vis, be­tween PM Er­do­gan’s AK party and its ri­vals. AK party’s re­la­tions with his old al­ley Fethul­lah Gu­lan has now desta­bi­lized af­ter the cor­rup­tion scan­dals.

De­spite all the al­le­ga­tions against AK party, Er­do­gan seems un­beat­able and he is now feel­ing more em­bold­ened than ever by gain­ing over 45% of the votes. PM Er­do­gan de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions and wrong­do­ing.

The Penn­syl­va­nia-based preacher Gulen is ac­cused of be­ing be­hind leaked tapes that sup­ported cor­rup­tion cases. The cases were tar­geted Er­do­gan chil­dren and var­i­ous cab­i­net mem­bers.

Now the coun­try is wait­ing for a new cab­i­net work­ing for bring­ing the people’s dreams into re­al­ity.

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