Anything Goes?

Necati Polat

in Regime Change in Contemporary Turkey

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9781474416962
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474427098 | DOI:
Anything Goes?

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This chapter is on a set of dubious government practices following the regime change, as reflected in the OSCE reports on Turkey elections, in securing success at the ballot box, including the way in which the ruling AKP allegedly financed politics. The discussion details the unfair poll environment, which left the opposition practically crippled, and the state of the basic rights crucial for the ballot box to make full sense. The chapter also provides an account of the corruption claims from December 2013—chiefly bid-rigging and money laundering that allegedly involved Erdogan and his family, beside cabinet members—filed originally by Gulenist prosecutors relying mostly on wiretapped conversations, to be posted anonymously online from early 2014. The chapter ends with a section on the role of the military in the aftermath of the old regime, with an assessment of its possibly resilient reflexes, prior to the abortive coup of 2016.

Keywords: AKP; corruption; coup; Erdogan; Gulen cult; military-civilian relations; political opposition; political rights; Turkish politics; unfair elections

Chapter.  10566 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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