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(BBC)   Polls closed in Turkish presidential elections, even though resuls were announced last week and have already been published in textbooks   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 18
    More: Asinine, Elections in Turkey, Turkey, presidents, global powers, Republican People's Party, Mexico's National Action Party, Erdogan  
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2014-08-10 03:41:25 PM  
Can't let the only other 'democracy' in the ME have any wins ay subtard? At least Turkey has a constitution whereas the other does not.
 
2014-08-10 04:16:51 PM  
Oh joy, the autocratic asshole got re-elected. I'm sure Istanbul will have parties on the street for him.
 
2014-08-10 04:24:41 PM  
It's not like that happens in America.

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2014-08-10 05:14:41 PM  
I hope he and Obama reconcile. I hate to see best buds get in a tiff. Especially when it's because of mild differences in views on Israel.
 
2014-08-10 06:26:18 PM  
Sounds like Erdogan is about to pull a Putin.
 
2014-08-10 06:28:23 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Oh joy, the autocratic asshole got re-elected. I'm sure Istanbul will have parties on the street for him.


No, he just got elected.  He was Prime Minister - now he is President.  Different offices.

/He is still a gigantic fascist douche though
 
2014-08-10 09:33:43 PM  

phalamir: Mrtraveler01: Oh joy, the autocratic asshole got re-elected. I'm sure Istanbul will have parties on the street for him.

No, he just got elected.  He was Prime Minister - now he is President.  Different offices.

/He is still a gigantic fascist douche though


He intends to make the presidency as just powerful as the PM position, so yes he's really pulling a Putin.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/10/339266869/turkeys-erdo ga n-seeks-an-expanded-role-as-president
 
2014-08-10 09:51:58 PM  
If you listen closely to his acceptance speech, in the background you can hear the sound of Ataturk spinning in his grave...
 
2014-08-10 10:50:23 PM  
Polls closed.  AIDS.
 
2014-08-10 11:05:29 PM  

Mrbogey: I hope he and Obama reconcile. I hate to see best buds get in a tiff. Especially when it's because of mild differences in views on Israel.


Don't worry, if/when Obama actually condemns or does something against Turkey, Erdogan will be back to being a stalwart ally of the United States and Turkey will be a shining beacon of Democracy.
 
2014-08-10 11:11:45 PM  

Paris1127: If you listen closely to his acceptance speech, in the background you can hear the sound of Ataturk spinning in his grave...


if they hooked his corpse to a dynamo they could solve the world's energy problems.
 
2014-08-10 11:24:30 PM  
It's pretty embarrassing that this country is even in NATO. Let's kick them out, and let Cyprus take their place. For the lulz, of course.
 
2014-08-10 11:43:23 PM  

Plastic Trash Vortex: It's pretty embarrassing that this country is even in NATO. Let's kick them out, and let Cyprus take their place. For the lulz, of course.


But first shut down the totally-not-a-Turkish-puppet-state Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus...

And maybe get the Turks to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide before its 100 year anniversary, April 24 next year. (FFS Turkey, the perpetrators are dead, the Sublime Porte is long out of power, and Ataturk himself was against it!)

And perhaps ponder aloud whether the Kurds are truly deserving of their own nation in Turkey, Syria and Iraq (kill 3 birds with 1 stone?).
 
2014-08-10 11:50:31 PM  

LordJiro: Mrbogey: I hope he and Obama reconcile. I hate to see best buds get in a tiff. Especially when it's because of mild differences in views on Israel.

Don't worry, if/when Obama actually condemns or does something against Turkey, Erdogan will be back to being a stalwart ally of the United States and Turkey will be a shining beacon of Democracy.


Let's not wargame scenarios based upon impossibilities occurring.
 
2014-08-11 04:18:48 AM  

Mrbogey: Let's not wargame scenarios based upon impossibilities occurring.


What's impossible in Fox News changing the narrative in response to Obama's behavior?
 
2014-08-11 06:15:48 AM  
Extremely worrying rumors about shape of new government in Turkey.

Yiğit Bulut in charge of economy? There goes the Lira.

Davutoğlu as Prime minister?

"Bulut has been harshly criticized in the past for his unconventional policy recommendations. For instance, at one time he claimed that Turkey would no longer need Europe in the future, stating that the "new West" is only the US. Writing for the pro-government Star daily, Bulut said: "I'll state it in clear terms: In the new equation, the new West for Turkey means only the US. We no longer need Europe and its material and moral affiliates, which may become a burden on us."

Bulut maintained that in the new world order, Europe will no longer be a relevant power, predicting that Turkey will cut off its relations with Europe very soon. According to Erdoğan's aide, the new world will be shaped by the US and the axes of Turkey-Russia-Eurasia-the Middle East and China-India-Iran"
 
2014-08-11 09:11:58 AM  
Journalists who has been at refugee camp on Turksih border writes:

"few wounded people from gaza get treatment in Turkey. same time turkey sends Yezidi refugees w/out passport back to Iraq (i saw it)
yezidis are both Kurds and non-muslims. now thats an efficient way not to get help from turkey."

It does look like Turkey's foreign policy is based fundamentally on Sunni sectarianism.
 
2014-08-11 03:07:50 PM  
It's difficult to see a winning game-plan for Erdogan at the moment.
If Gul becomes prime minister, then he will probably not be able to seize executive powers. Legally he has become a figurehead president with little legal power - and not legally allowed to remain head of his party.
If he manages to sideline Gul/Simsek and Babacan then I'm pretty sure the economy will crash and there will not be a unified party.
I was expecting more times to come out before the elections - but now I'm thinking that the crucial political fight is going to be over the next few months. And there are rumors that both sides in AKP have blackmail tapes.
I think the result of the election was probably the best we could have hoped for. Just over 50% with a small turnout. This will make it easier for those within the AKP who might want to block a presidential regime to do so. He would have been able to claim a stronger mandate if he has not got an absolute majority in the first round - but got close to 60% in the second I guess this would have put him in a stronger position.
I am not sure Tayyip will be able to keep the struggle within the AKP in a box. It seems quite clear that he does not want Gul having power in the party.
 
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