When the going gets tough, Turkey's politicians fail to get going

With political uncertainty set to continue till a re-election, Turkey’s citizens are on the loosing end of political parties’ unwillingness.

When the going gets tough, Turkey's politicians fail to get going

Tevhid Nazmi Baştürk - Istanbul

With the country cracking down on terrorism both along its southern borders and within its very own cities, Turkish politicians failed to form new government fueling further uncertainty.

The past two weeks have seen two high profile coalition talks between Turkey’s largest political parties fail, all the while to country’s police and armed forces continue to combat insurgency both domestically and abroad.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) first met with the Republican People’s Party (CHP), only for the talks to fail after two very media-hyped meetings full of handshakes and hugs between party leaders Ahmet Davutoğlu and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

The news brought the Turkish Lira to a record low of 2.81 against the U.S. dollar, however the lira would plunge to greater depths the following week after the AKP failed once more to secure a coalition with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Following the failed talks with the MHP, the Turkish Lira plummeted further, now standing at 2.90, trading higher than what the euro did this time last year.

The AKP will now have to sit back and watch the CHP, the second largest party in Turkey’s parliament, attempt to form a coalition of their own, this however is just as unlikely.

Turkey’s democratic process looks as though it will face a reboot in about three-months-time, as the CHP will not only need the MHP to make a coalition, but also the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), a hodge-podge pro-Kurdish party with many hardliner members who express support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, the very same group the MHP and CHP have expressed support for the military action against.

Turkey finds itself in a very bizarre situation where though no government is in place, armed mobilization against the PKK and ISIL is well underway.

Turkey’s armed forces announced on Monday that 440 PKK militants have died in costly airstrike operations in southeaster Turkey and the Qandil Mountains in Northern Iraq since July 7 and a further 400 were reportedly injured in the strikes.

The military operations haven’t been the only crackdown on the groups.

Domestically, Police forces have arrested more than 1,700 individuals believed to be associated with the PKK, ISIL and ultra-Marxist militant groups.

More trouble is afoot as PKK militants have barricaded themselves into some towns across Turkey’s southeast, claiming autonomous rule under their banners in what many western media outlets claimed was an act of Kurds seeking autonomy in the province of Hakkari.

As police and military forces suffer daily casualties in bombings and shootings across Turkey’s southern borders, the death of even more security personnel seems to be on the cards now as military action against the militant garrisons seems inevitable.

With ongoing security concerns growing greater with each passing day, a costly regiment of heavy bombardment across the border and the formation of a government seeming as an impossibility before the August 21 deadline, Turkey’s economic and security stability is set to take further hits.

Instead of setting aside differences, even temporarily till the tide of violence settles, Turkey’s political parties have remained stubborn in their unwillingness to make amends to help the country weather the storm that has engulfed the country.

Stability, appearing ever-so unattainable at the moment, may only come after a re-election in which the distribution of votes differ from those this past June.

With a surplus of assets, Turkey’s political parties will not bear the economic brunt of preparing for re-elections, but rather the country’s citizens who will have to wait three more months for stability while the Turkish Lira continues to drop in value after already having fallen 18 percent this year, sending the cost of living higher with every passing day.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2015, 13:10
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