Political authorities in Turkey, seeing free thought, academic autonomy and independence – which are a must…
The elections held on March 31th, the preceding and following events are historical, and displayed that the ruling alliance does not recognize the election results, unless its in favor of them. The "survival" issue, which also appeared during the 7 June elections, clearly points to the survival of those in power. The High Electoral Council, declared a re-run of elections in Istanbul, 36 days after the elections, without any legal basis. This also officially declares that, even the rule of law no longer exists in Turkey.
AKP lost its parliamentary majority at the June 7th 2015 general elections. The balances in the Parliament had totally changed when HDP surpassed the %10 threshold and had 80 MPs in the parliament. However Erdoğan was not happy with the election results. He hindered the attempts to establish a governmental administration, and in the end he forced re-elections. In the mean time, the country entered a spiral of political polarity.
This is the frequently used excuse when the Presidential System of Erdogan was criticized: "Same thing exists in other countries too." Is it true? In order to see it, we prepared a chart of comparison and brought similar and opposite points of the systems in three other countries, USA and Russia (Presidential) and France (Semi- Presidential).
Local elections are expected to be held on March 2019. There is a chance that elections will be called early—before the negative effects of the economic crises begin to impact daily life—but now a surprise from Erdogan has changed everything once again.
The law draft that would effectively extend the ‘State of Emergency’ for at least another three years has passed the GNAT on 25 July 2018. The State of Emergency will effectively continue, however informal.
The State of Emergency (OHAL) announced on July 21, 2016 following the military coup attempt and extended for seven times with three-month periods has ended on July 19, 2018. However, nothing has changed – for the latest omnibus bill No. 7145 replaced the State of Emergency (OHAL) with a Permanent State of Emergency (SOHAL) The State of Emergency, on the other hand, left two years full of custodies, arrests, preventions, dismissals, censorship, pressure, torture, shutdowns, impunity and rights violations behind.