National Liberals in Turkish parliamentary election
On the Sunday 12th June Turkey will go to the polls to elect a new Parliament. Presently Turkey is ruled by a Conservative and Islamic party (Justice & Development Party – AK). Although at pains to portray itself as a ‘modern’ party there are many supporters of the secular Turkish Republic that are suspicious of attempts to introduce religion into political life. It was Kemal Ataturk who formed the Republic back in the 1920′s and united Turkey by removing the church (mosque) from interfering in the State apparatus.
Many liberals also fear an authoritarian streak in the AK. One correspondent tells us that the Government is quietly using the police to arrest dissidents, keep them in jail for a while, perhaps without trial, to intimidate them from being active. For example, “It does not matter who you are if you criticise or question then you become criminal in front of the AKP and portrayed as a betrayer of your country although it is the reverse and a lie. Democracy is gone in Turkey since the AKP islamic party took control of the judiciary and uses the power of the police and intelligence.”
Other Liberals however speak out regardless and in the forthcoming elections the National Liberals have teamed up with the Liberal Democratic Party as a ‘broad church’ coalition. Our old friend Ozgur Karakok is once again standing in his home town of Adana under the LDP list, although as a National Liberal. He is fourth on the list but a popular figure. He has kindly sent us a report on the election. We wish him well and congratulate him on his recent marriage
The parliamentary election of Turkey, 2011.
Last week to the general election and the atmosphere is so calm and voters are looking disinterested in the election. There might me several reason for this but the main ones are the minimum votes percentage required to be elected is 10% of the total voters and the government`s financial funding for the top three parties as a reward for entering parliament. This is unfair and unacceptable but it encourages those parties to announce their voice and ideas and ideals to form a cabinet.
These three parties are: AKP is Islamic and conservative party which is at the cabinet over 9 years. CHP is an opposition party in the parliament which is supporter of the republic and Populist Party and MHP is an opposition party in the parliament which is supporter of republic and nationalist party.
The separatist and illegal PKK (Kurdish communist party) supporters are willing to have their members enter parliament under another legalized party banner, ironically a Kurdish nationalist party such as BDP, so that they are calling themselves the representatives of the Kurds which is an historical and factual lie. They are also hope to enter parliament as independent candidates, then those candidates will come together in the parliament under the party banner.
The rest of the political parties with their own ideas, views and ideologies are in a hopeless situation. Those political parties which have rights to enter the election have no financial funding chance from government to announce themselves to voters and they have no hope of reaching the 10% of the votes to enter parliament. So this means that those parties will stay as a family owned party, small and inactive. This is the real example of anti- democracy and insignificance of democratic elections. It is a very well known scenario that the winners and the members of parliament will come from specific parties, there will be no change in the point of view of Turkey to make it richer politically and there will be no other voice at the scene to affect the words of the play of the ‘theatre’.
Under those heavy conditions Turkish National liberals are at the election with their representative under the Liberal Democratic Party coalition of liberals. It means LDP is not only for liberal democrats but for all the liberal thoughts and of course for National Liberals. LDP is the roof for all those until the election. A poor result is fatal for the LDP, if the LDP gets 1% of the total votes they had better think of the support of the all other liberal thoughts including the National Liberals otherwise they will be face with crashing.
Create, Convert or work within?
From a National Liberal point of view for the election soon after the elections the National Liberals will try to find the best way to further the future struggle. Until the establishment of their own party for NL`s there are couple ways to provide political representation of the NL ideas in the local and parliament elections.
One of the ways is to force the LDP to convert to a proud and considerable party as the NLP of Turkey. But this process takes time and this process needs strong financial support. This is why National Liberals looks for this because National liberalism has supporters and sympathizer among LDP members who feel emotionally national and liberal.
On the other hand the second way is to support and perpetuate National liberal values and ideas under another political party as a National Liberal group. This choice may give strength to survive National Liberalism and this may give us the time to teach people about National Liberalism and an opportunity for representation of National Liberals in local and parliamentary institutions. National Liberals prefer to become a group within a political party for realize their first aim to enter parliament to announce them to all citizens of Turkish Republic such as CHP or MHP or any other democratic and republic supporter party which will take a place at the parliament for a long term and also take place within Turkey’s political history.
Finally, it is very obvious that when we look at the picture above and see voters disinterested and unexcited in terms of the election of 2011, this is a very critical and turning point for the democracy, the nation state and justice. But the citizens, the members of the great nation, are hopeless and thrown away from the real life and transformed into blind men to impede the freedom of those who see the truth. On the other side there are rich and abandoned political parties such as AKP, separatist BDP and LDP and some other small parties. Those parties have valuable political and financial support and advice from their foreign big brothers and foreign foundations and endowments. When we look at the great picture of Turkey; Turkish National Liberals are somewhere in it and fighting for a bright future!
5 June 2011
Date: June 10, 2011