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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:22 pm 
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Turkey election: triumphant Erdoğan strikes combative tone in victory speech

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has addressed thousands of supporters in Ankara after being declared the victor in Turkey’s presidential election, saying democracy was the winner and that Turkey was “an example for the rest of the world”.

“We have received the message that has been given to us in the ballot boxes,” he said, speaking from the balcony of the AK party’s headquarters in Ankara, to a large crowd of cheering and flag-waving supporters. “We will fight even more with the strength you provided us with this election.”

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:29 am 
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Opposition warns of ‘one-man regime’ after Erdogan victory
Sweeping new powers for Turkey’s president alarm analysts, as lira slides
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The opposition candidate beaten by Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential election said the country would now be subjected to one-man rule as he conceded defeat.

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Mr Ince said that Turkey’s future was imperilled by a new executive presidential system that now comes fully into effect. This will greatly boost the powers of Mr Erdogan, who has spent in 15 years in office, first as prime minister and then head of state.

“This is the exact definition of a one-man regime.” Mr Ince said. “Concentrating the state, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary under one person … will continue to be a great danger to Turkey. We will live through it and, unfortunately, pay the price together.”

In an election day note, Wolfango Piccoli, at Teneo, a consultancy, added that Turkey was “now firmly set in a trajectory to become an increasingly authoritarian regime” and that Mr Erdogan’s influence on economic policymaking would probably increase.

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At the heart of Mr Ince’s campaign was a pledge to return Turkey to a parliamentary system, restoring the robust checks and balances that he said had been eroded during Mr Erdogan’s tenure.

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The AKP is expected to retain control of parliament after its ultranationalist partner, the Nationalist Movement party, defied opinion polls to win an unexpected 11 per cent of the vote.

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MHP (in Turkish; in English the name is below) gave Erdogan his parliamentary majority. It got around 12% of the vote but got Erdogan's coalition to 50%+ (AKP got around 40% of the vote).

MHP resembles similar parties like Northern League in Italy, Viktor Orban, and the U.S. Trumpists. :D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationali ... ment_Party

The Nationalist Movement Party (alternatively translated as Nationalist Action Party; Turkish: Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP) is a Turkish far-right political party that adheres to Turkish ultranationalism and Euroscepticism.

The MHP's view represents the Nine-Light doctrine, based on Turkish nationalism shaped by Islam. The MHP used to be described as a neo-fascist party[25][28] linked to extremist and violent militias.[29] Since the 1990s it has, under the leadership of Devlet Bahçeli, gradually moderated its programme, turning from ethnic to cultural nationalism and conservatism and stressing the unitary nature of the Turkish state. Notably, it has moved from strict, Kemalist-style secularism to a more pro-Islamic stance, and has – at least in public statements – accepted the rules of parliamentary democracy. Some scholars[who?] doubt the sincerity and credibility of this turn and suspect the party of still pursuing a fascist agenda behind a more moderate and pro-democratic façade. Nevertheless, MHP's mainstream overture has strongly increased its appeal to voters and it has grown to the country's third-strongest party,[30] continuously represented in the National Assembly since 2007 with voter shares well above the 10% threshold.

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IOW, Trump's buddy Erdogan is in bed with fascists, increasing the grip of authoritarian rule on the country. As I said, I think that's why Trump likes him.

Remember that one of the things Mike Flynn did was make a "deal" with Erdogan to kidnap his (Sufi) critic Fethullah Gulen and bring him back to Turkey.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:51 am 
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Election Fraud in Turkey

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:10 pm 
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"Post Coup Turkey".

You know, that "coup" they had two years ago (was it .. or so?) seemed to be very poorly plotted, yet orchestrated in such a way as to help Erdogan tighten his grip on power and jail more of his opposition.

If I were more conspiratorially inclined ... well, let's just say, it was very helpful for Turkey's Dear Leader.

Meanwhile, it seems that everything evil in Turkey seems to be the work of a Sufi cleric here in the U.S. (Gullen). Again, remember, Flynn promised to kidnap him and bring him back to Turkey. Note that in much of the Islamic world, Sufis are the "good guys". (Gullen seems to have initially supported Erdogan, then changed his mind when he saw what he really was.)

It's a very strange world we're living in.

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