A divided opposition, politicized judiciary, and compliant media helps ensure Erdogan’s power remains effectively unchallenged.
There is little indication that there will be any shift in the balance of support between the AKP and other parties, barring a change in Turkey’s demographics.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is gambling that a divisive, crisis-driven strategy will win back enough votes to regain a parliamentary majority.
For Erdoğan and his party, which lost its parliamentary majority during the June 7 elections, beheading the pro-Kurdish HDP serves a political purpose.
Because of Erdoğan’s ties to the AKP, critics argue that he is stalling the process in order to force a snap election and maintain the party’s grip on power.
The discussion examined the implications of Turkey’s general election on the ongoing peace process with the PKK, and its policies on Syria and Iraq.
Turkey’s opposition parties have raised concerns that the ruling party will manipulate the June vote to ensure its majority.