May 11, 2018
As known, the elections are drawing near. The Presidential elections which will be held on June 24 will also determine the names of the deputies for the twenty-seventh term of office. In the presidential elections 6 candidates will run for office, the Council of Higher Election declared them as follows:
- Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
- Muharrem İnce
- Meral Akşener
- Temel Karamollaoğlu
- Doğu Perinçek
- Selahattin Demirtaş
Here is a short descriptive analysis of the presidential candidates:
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the political party that he founded has been in power since 2002. Mr. Erdoğan has a great amount of sympathy and support among the society. Especially the conservative electorate has been supporting Mr. Erdoğan. His charismatic personality, the opportunities regarding the electioneering propaganda and the results of the previous elections can be seen as a sign of the strong probability of Erdoğan’s success.
Muharrem İnce is the candidate of the main opposition party (CHP). Mr. İnce had worked as a teacher before taking part in active political life. İnce was elected four consecutive times in 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2015 as a Republican Peoples Party (CHP) deputy. İnce has sometimes been criticized for his intense discourses against the ruling party ( AK Party). The candidacy of İnce is seen as a good choice for the electoral base of CHP according to some columnists.
Merak Akşener has newly founded her political party called İYİ Party (Good Party). Before that, Mrs. Akşener has served in the Nationalist Action Party but serious disagreements she had with the leader of the party – Mr. Bahçeli – led her to form İYİ Party. Mrs. Akşener has been a bold politician in the post-modern coup process (1997). Akşener still keeps her dynamism and bravery and Akşener is the only female candidate in the race and some nationalist (and) conservative female citizens will unsurprisingly vote for her.
Temel Karamollaoğlu is the leader of the Felicity Party (Saadet Partisi) founded in 2001. Before his active political life, Mr. Karamollaoğlu worked as a textile engineer. Karamollaoğlu has been kept away from politics after the 1980 coup. Karamollaoğlu will unsurprisingly get the electoral support of the confirmed voters of the line of Erbakan-led Welfare Party but to what degree, time will show.
Doğu Perinçek holds a doctorate degree in the field Law. He is known as an ultra-secular nationalist political figure. In 1968, Mr. Perinçek began to publish the magazine called Aydınlık (Light). Perinçek according to his own words adopts socialism as a worldview. In 1999, Perinçek was elected as the leader of the Worker Party. Currently Perinçek serves as the leader in the Homeland Party. The political commentators (like Nagehan Alçı) think that Perinçek can only get around 1 percent of the total votes.
Selahattin Demirtaş is a Turkish politician of Zaza Kurdish descent and Mr. Demirtaş has been the co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party. Mr. Demirtaş is now behind the bars. Demirtaş is saluted by the secular Kurdish voters. The upcoming elections will show the future of Demirtaş’s career and also his freedom.
I hope the upcoming elections will pave the way for a stronger democracy and for more freedom.Author : Begum Burak