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Kimon
11-01-2015, 11:31 AM
Erdogan's Muslim Brotherhood (aka AKP) Party holding, as expected, the lead, though this time perhaps with enough to rule with a majority govt. Looks like the Kurdish HDP will at least cross the 10% threshold again, but if the AKP really ends above 50% that will obviously feel very much like a Pyrrhic victory.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34694420

The early numbers seem to be reported purely from Erdogan's puppet media, rather than independently verified, so perhaps just bs. They'll obviously win, but hopefully still in the low to mid 40s, rather than above 50%.

Kimon
11-01-2015, 02:09 PM
Pretty awful result. At least it looks like the HDP should just barely hold onto 10% of the vote, but it will be very close, and will mean either around 50-60 seats in parliament, or none. A ridiculous system. Looks like AKP is just shy of 50%, which is horrifying considering that this was once a country that seemed possible for inclusion in the EU and is now completely run by extremists. At least Erdogan came a few tenths of a percent shy of being able to legally declare himself essentially emperor of Turkey...

With almost all of the results counted, the AKP is set to win substantially more than the 276 seats needed to win a majority, allowing it to form a government on its own.
However, it will fall just short of the amount of seats needed to call a referendum on changing the constitution and increasing the powers of the president, AKP founder Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34694420

SomeOneElse
11-01-2015, 03:04 PM
Clownery, nothing else really.
P.S. Fuck Erdogan.

Kimon
11-08-2015, 09:20 PM
Anthony Bourdain's new Istanbul episode is on CNN right now.

He was just talking to a woman whom he met on his last trip there, in 2009, and asking about how things have changed (initially talking about all the construction), but then they talked about politics and Erdogan. She initially was happily answering about how things had gotten more repressive for women (govt statements "suggesting" that women not drink - they were drinking some Turkish type of pastis or absinthe - or even laugh in public), then stopped herself when asked for a clarification and gave an unsurprising comment about how she didn't "feel comfortable answering that question". If ever there was a clearer sign that your country has gone to sh*t, and that the ruling party are oppressive bastards...

These unfortunately are the kinds of episodes where one cannot help but remember what happened to Jason Rezaian after the Iran episode.