Turkish secularism, and its onetime reasonably cordial friendship with Israel, on the ropes. “Overwhelming victory of Erdogan’s party in the parliamentary elections in Turkey,” by Sandeep for Pisqa, June 13 (thanks to Joshua):
The party emerged from the Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a landslide victory in Sunday”s parliamentary Turkey, ensuring a third consecutive term, after the counting of nearly all ballots.
After counting 99% of the votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Erdogan, in power since 2002, won 50% of the vote, according to the TV.
This party will be able to form a government only because it has largely absolute majority of 550 seats in parliament with 326 deputies.
This party won 47% of the vote in 2007 parliamentary and won 341 seats in Parliament. In 2002, his score was 34%.
“Today once again democracy, national will have won,” shouted Mr. Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, from the balcony of his party headquarters in Ankara to address a crowd of several Thousands of people waving the flags of the AKP.
Erdogan, a former Islamist activist, also said that with the victory of the AKP, “Gaza, Palestine and Jerusalem were also won,” showing once again his sympathy for the Muslim world, especially because PA. […]
Erdogan didn’t say “Jerusalem”; he said “KudÃ¼s” — that is, “al-Quds,” the Islamic name for Jerusalem.
The head of AKP party accused the media of wanting to lay Islamization of Turkish society in secret, has also assured that it “was the guarantor of all different lifestyles and beliefs” in Turkey. […]
Torn by unstable coalitions, the country has stabilized politically and economically, under the leadership of the AKP, which has also managed to confine to barracks the army, formerly a leading political player.
The army has historically been the guarantor of Turkish secularism.
But the prospect of joining the European Union is in limbo.
Let’s hope so.