Political parties in search of updated roadmaps
With Parliament back from summer recess, Turkey’s political scene is heating up. The Good Party (IP), part of the opposition-led Nation Alliance, announced that it will leave the alliance if the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) joins it. Faruk Çelik, a former cabinet minister, made waves by saying that 40 percent of the vote, as opposed to 50 percent, should be enough to win a first-round victory in the next presidential election. Meanwhile, a number of new political movements are in the making. The leftover reflex from the parliamentary system is to associate those developments to the prospect of an early election. Encouraged by the opposition victory in the Istanbul re-run, others release new polling data every week in an attempt to fuel the expectation of early elections. To be clear, the two movements are not bracing for an early election. They just want to get in shape for a highly competitive, volatile environment with plenty of curve balls. Led by the AK Party, the People’s Alliance is extremely unlikely to call for early elections – not with another four years left in office. CHP, in turn, won’t seek an early vote before it can accomplish a few things in recently-conquered metropolitan districts. With the Turkish economy rapidly recovering from last year’s currency shock, the government finds itself in a stronger position. Still, what lies ahead is heightened political activity, wars of words and plenty of hearsay. That’s because both the ruling party and the main opposition need an update. Under a new system of government, developing a new brand of politics is an inevitability, not a choice.