The votes are in and counted in Turkey.

The ruling Party, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party maintained control but lost 10 seats in the Parlement. Erdogan is a heavy-duty Muslim. At a rally today he said, per AP:

“We will never make concessions over the values of people, the basic principles of our republic. This is our promise. We will embrace Turkey as a whole without discriminating,” he said at a rally in the capital Ankara.”–Erdogan, a devout Muslim, told supporters in his victory speech that he would preserve pluralistic democracy and work for national unity.

I haven’t formulated thoughts on how this affects the current situation in the Middle East. But I know it will affect it somehow, it’s inevitable. Turkey is a different type of Muslim Democratic structure.

It’s a whole different animal my dear reader. The TimesOnline has this pov:

The election will determine the nature of Turkish democracy, the identity of the Turkish state and whether a restless younger generation is prepared to defy the threats of a conservative military Establishment to launch the fifth coup since 1960.

The Guardian had this to say:

The election was called early to defuse a showdown with the military-backed, secular establishment, which contended that Erdogan and his allies were plotting to scrap Turkey’s secular traditions despite their openness to the West.

Erdogan raised concern with his efforts as prime minister to make adultery a crime and appoint former Islamists to key positions. Critics were also troubled by his calls for the lifting of restrictions on the wearing of Islamic headscarves


I just know it isn’t going to be simple..and it will affect the Kurds and Iraq in general. Turkey is considering whether to stage an offensive into northern Iraq against separatist Kurdish rebels who rest, train and resupply at bases there.


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Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles

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Posted on July 22, 2007, in Democracy, Iraq, Kurds, Muslim rule, Turkey. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I like the new look. It is all purple-y and stuff. Makes me want a grape soda.

  2. I might lighten up on the purple..I think I know how to do that. But thanks..I think 😛

  3. Gooooooooo Turkey!!!!!!! Like the look…the old folks on my monitor aren’t so clear as last time…slightly fuzzy…just slightly.

  4. Sumo; The header pic pixelated for some reason when I shrunk it down. I will try to fix it later today if I have the time. Turkey isn’t happy as a whole about Islamic rule. I hope they continue to be a bright shining star in the Middle East that shows the world that Islamic religion and Democracy can thrive side by side. But I ain’t holding my breath.

  5. If you allowed anonymous comments I was going to post as George W Bush and go on about how much I love grape soda. And tacos. Tacos rule. And then I was going to ramble on about purple. And how it is all purple-y. Soothing to the eyes. I like purple. But you do not allow anonymous comments so I did not do any of that.

  6. Lazy..are you out of town yet m’dear? I like this color..its staying..I like the whole look of the template..its loud and MOI 😛

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