The AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or Justice and Development Party) came to power in November 2002 with about 34 percent of the popular vote. Since then, the AKP has increased its electoral support to 47 percent in 2007 and then to 50 percent in 2011. However, by the first week of January 2014, nearly 11 years after it came to power, many have begun to argue (likely prematurely) that the AKP may soon see its supremacy come to an end.
That possibility has been brought about by the emergence of a corruption scandal in the AKP’s government. Ali Çarkoğlu examines the intricacies of that scandal and what impact it may have on the results of Turkey’s upcoming local elections.
- The AKP gained and strengthened its power by building coalitions in conservative political circles.
- Until recently, the Gülen Movement and AKP have been political partners.
- The votes of the Gezi protestors may impact local and national election results.
- Despite the emergence of a corruption scandal in the AKP, voters continue to support the party.
European leaders were clear in their joint call for journalistic freedom, a credible investigation [into Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged killing and dismemberment by Saudi operatives] and accountability for any wrongdoing. In stark contrast, the American president chose to parrot Saudi denials and pitch an unsubstantiated and improbable explanation.