Turkey, where Europe meets Asia-current events

Turkey, where Europe meets Asia-current events

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:26 pm

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the presidential election unofficially on Sunday, getting 51.9% of the vote. He'll have to appoint someone to replace him in his three-term post as Prime Minister.


At midnight (9pm GMT) on Sunday, the prime minster had received 52 percent of the votes, Ihsanoglu on 38 percent and the third candidate Selahattin Demirtas taking 10 percent, after 99 percent of the votes had been counted, the semi-official Anatolia news agency said.

Caliskan told Al Jazeera that the election has taken place in an unfair atmosphere, where Erdogan campaigned as prime minister, using state facilities and media throughout the campaigning process.

"I don’t think the two main opposition parties made any mistakes in their alliance in this process, but the dynamics of the election was fundamentally unfair," Caliskan said.

"Erdogan campaigned through state visits, used state properties and appeared on state media far more than Ihsanoglu."

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/erdogan-wins-turkey-presidential-election-2014810172347586150.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/world/europe/erdogan-turkeys-premier-wins-presidential-election.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
Speigel article on the Turkish PM:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/erdogan-set-to-cement-power-by-winning-presidential-election-a-984581.html

That does not seem democratic, using state resources while campaigning. Did the voters realize this key fact?
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Re: Turkey, where Europe meets Asia-current events

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:06 pm

The Turkish president (who was the prime minister before the recent elections) Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas in 1178, well before Christopher Columbus did. The remarks were made at a meeting of Latin American Muslim leaders.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/11/16/muslims_discovered_americas_says_turkish_president.html
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