Saturday, August 29, 2015
Fearing defeat, 'Islamist' AK Party may seek ‘war’ to postpone November poll.
Fearing defeat, 'Islamist' AK Party may seek ‘war’ to postpone November poll. (TZ).
Opposition party representatives have voiced concerns that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) may resort to any means possible, including igniting a civil war, to postpone the upcoming election in November and remain in power if it sees another election defeat on the horizon.
Following the election, President Erdoğan gave AK Party leader Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu the mandate to form a coalition government, on July 9, as the AK Party had emerged with the most number of seats in Parliament, but Davutoğlu failed to establish a coalition government.
Although Erdoğan was expected to give a new mandate to the Republican People's Party (CHP) as the second-largest party in Parliament, he did not. This was the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic the mandate to establish a new government was given only once. Following a general election in 1995, even the fourth-biggest party in Parliament was given the mandate to form a new government by the president at the time.
According to Article 78 of the Constitution, elections can only be postponed in the event of a war.
“If the holding of new elections is found impossible because of war, the Turkish Grand National Assembly may decide to defer elections for a year. If the grounds for deferment do not disappear this measure may be repeated under the procedure for deferment," the article says.
Opposition parties fear the AK Party may exacerbate the war with the PKK in order to postpone the election.
Former CHP deputy Erdal Aksünger, who now serves as chief adviser for CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, told Sunday's Zaman the AK Party from the very beginning wanted a snap vote because it was unsatisfied with the result of the June 7 general election.
"When they realize they will lose [the upcoming election], they will resort to all means possible, including igniting a war, to ensure that the election is postponed," Aksünger said. Hmmmm.......Erdoğan: 'Democracy is a train we will get out at the station we want'. Read the full story here.