July 23, 2007

JUST ANOTHER VOTE AGAINST THE E.U.:

Election results in Turkey a snub to the old guard (Sabrina Tavernise, July 23, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

The Islamic-inspired governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated a larger-than-expected victory in the nationwide parliamentary elections, taking close to half the total vote in a stinging rebuke to Turkey's old guard.

With all the votes counted, Erdogan's Justice and Development Party won 46.5 percent of the vote, Turkish elections officials said Monday, far more than the 34 percent the party garnered in the last election, in 2002.

The secular state establishment had expected that voters would punish Erdogan's party for promoting an Islamic agenda. But the main secular party, the Republican People's Party, received just 20.9 percent, compared with 19 percent in the last election. The Nationalist Action Party, which played on fears of ethnic Kurdish separatism, won 14.3 percent, officials said.

The result was a broad mandate for Erdogan's party, with large numbers of voters sending the message that they do not feel it is a threat to Turkish democracy.


It's long past time to get over the fear of Islamic Democrat parties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2007 10:12 AM
Comments

It's hardly unknown for radical parties to play by democratic rules until they're in a position to discard them.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 23, 2007 12:21 PM

The Justice and Development Party has long been a responsible player in Turkish politics. How much they have in common with Hamas, Hezbollan or the Muslim Brotherhood isn't that easily determined.

Posted by: Brandon at July 23, 2007 3:06 PM

Actually, it is unknown.

Posted by: oj at July 23, 2007 3:15 PM

An unknown unknown????

Posted by: Sandy P at July 23, 2007 4:43 PM
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