Category: politics

Rate of female candidates in local elections in Turkey. 

Rate of female candidates in local elections in Turkey. 

Turkey Is The Epitome Of What Can Go Wrong In The Emerging Markets

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“For those concerned about Turkey’s political crisis, Nomura’s senior political analyst Alistair Newton thinks ‘the risk to medium-term political stability is being overstated in some of the media – a tendency, which is likely to persist near-term as events continue to unfold.’

He expects the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party to do well at the March 30 elections and expects Erdogan ‘to remain the dominant political figure for the foreseeable future, as either prime minister or the country’s first directly elected president.’”

Prosecutor Overseeing Turkish Graft Inquiry Is Removed From Case

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“The prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, issued a condemnation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, accusing it of interfering in the judiciary and preventing him from carrying out his work.

Mr. Akkas said that the government had prevented the police forces from pursuing a new round of suspects in the widening inquiry. Among those suspects, according to several Turkish news media reports, is Mr. Erdogan’s son, whose name was on a summons that was leaked to the press on Thursday evening.

‘The judiciary has clearly been pressured,’ Mr. Akkas said in a written statement, charging his superiors with ‘committing a crime’ for not carrying out arrest warrants, and saying that suspects had been allowed to ‘take precautions, flee and tamper with evidence.’”

It is a Perilous Moment for the Rule of Law in Turkey | Human Rights Watch

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“The government’s immediate move to purge elements of the police while ministers facing serious allegations initially remained in office raises fundamental questions, though, about whether the rule of law does apply to the powerful in Turkey. So far the signs are that the government has a self-serving approach when it comes to holding public officials accountable: no criminal sanctions against the police for excessive use of force and seriously injuring non-violent demonstrators during the protests back in the spring but immediate steps to demote police for investigating government-linked corruption.

There are concerns that the corruption has been exposed only because key elements of the police and judiciary are taking sides in a political power struggle. But the politics should not obscure the fundamental obligation for the government to support a thorough and independent criminal investigation into all serious and credible allegations. The government should be ready to see those implicated face prosecution, whoever they are. Above all it needs to avoid taking steps that weaken or undermine the rule of law.”

PM threatens business, media and civic groups amid corruption woes

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All of these claims by Erdogan re: the corruption probe should sound familiar (cough Gezi cough):

  • The corruption probe is an “international plot”
  • This new era is as important as the “war of independence”
  • The investigation has been orchestrated by “gangs” and a “parallel state” (and CHP, the major opposition party, is involved)
  • “This is not a corruption investigation, it is an open conspiracy.”
  • National and international media are printing black propaganda

Photo credit: Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images “Erdogan and…

Photo credit: Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

“Erdogan and Gulen, a 75-year-old cleric based in Saylorsburg, , have been exchanging barbs since Dec. 17, when an investigation into official corruption ensnared the chief executive officer of a state-run bank, a construction billionaire and the sons of three ministers. In a video published on his website on Dec. 21, Gulen wished fire on the houses of the corrupt. Erdogan responded yesterday, saying he’d “descend upon the dens” of those hiding inside state institutions.”

, Bloomberg News