A call for your thoughts on this year’s election
Many of the visitors to this blog in the last few months have come having searched “Turkey election 2007”, or something similar, in Google. There is little need to question why: the two upcoming elections are events that will eclipse all others in the Turkey of 2007. We can only hope the two votes will indeed focus minds.
Ahmet Necdet Sezer has 99 remaining days in office, and it is still no clearer who his replacement might be. It is unlikely a candidate will emerge until at least February; we may even have to wait until March. This blog has already endorsed Hikmet Çetin as Turkey’s next president, but I’m curious to know what the remainder of the blogging community has to say on the matter.
The election of a new president in May, and of a government in November, will focus minds. If the parliament, dominated by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, elects an Islamist as president, secularists will be appalled. Either way, the AKP will win the general election.
Turkey prediction from “The World in 2007”, published by The Economist
What do you think? Do you agree with a recent Hürriyet interview in which Süleyman Demirel said he expected Mr Erdoğan to become the next president? Do you think I’m right to push for a Hikmet Çetin presidency? Or perhaps, even though it is highly unlikely, would you support an overhaul of Turkey’s presidential system that would allow presidents two terms of five years each, thus giving Mr Sezer another three years in power? Such a motion was tabled at the end of Mr Demirel’s presidency seven years ago; it failed, and the result was a crossparty compromise in Mr Sezer. Can there be a compromise this time?
The second election of the year is due in 301 days. The Economist is almost dismissive of what will happen in that election (“the AKP will win”) but they are right. In a political scene where there is no strong challenger to the governing party, and not enough of a reason to vote them out, why shouldn’t they win?