Turkey on crossroads – Erdogan’s quest for total supremacy

By Panayiotis Alimisis∗

In less than two months, Turkish voters will decide for their new leadership. This is perhaps the most critical elections in country’s history simply because it will define to large extend its future in the western world. Current president Tayip Erdogan allied with fascist ideology party of Devlet Bahçeli but at the same time he is facing the threat from another neo-fascist named Meral Aksener.

The Turkish society is divided at this point but not in ethnic terms. Turks are generally patriotic people and there is no real left or far left movement- but in the way they want to be governed. All political parties and ideologies agree to main principles some of whom are the respect of Turkish historical past and identity, safeguard of old traditions (Ottoman Empire still hunts Turkish politics) and continuous aggression to neighboring countries (territorial expansion and conquest). They all want democratic rule, however, on their own terms…

The Turks in general, support these main ethnic principles. They are the only Islamic society which has a desire for democracy, just a bit more than Pakistan or Saudi Arabia…

Tagip Erdogan is not different from his predecessors. The only difference is that he represents a radical political Islam which is opposite to Kemal Atatürk’s ideology the founder of modern Turkey in 1923. According to the results of the recent referendum for the constitution back in 2017, we can easily conclude that a large presentence of Turkish voters won’t support Erdogan in the coming elections, although, the vast majority of the Turkish diaspora favors his political philosophy.

The aggressive policy and the pogroms AKP Party launched against the so-called ‘gullenists’ after the failed coup, turned millions of people against him. Therefore is not certain that Erdogan will manage to guarantee an easy from the first round. Analysts, predict a slide victory rather than a triumph. At the same time the new political formations like Asener’s already attract voters from the middle class and the poorest peasants of the east, which AKP largely relies on.

Why he ‘must’ win…      

Erdogan ‘must’ win for two main reasons: First, he will be in a position to continue his Islamic agenda to the end with the perspective to achieve a fame similar to that of Kemal Atatürk if not greater. On the other hand, is widely believed that because the Turkish President managed to create a significant number of domestic enemies since 2016, makes him venerable to any kind of ‘political death ’ in case he lose the battle in June. His credibility as a leader to the eyes of his followers, relies heavily on his ability to achieve total political control of the state after the upcoming elections…

 

*Panayiotis Alimisis is Journalist. He studied Modern history and International Relations at London Metropolitan University

 

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