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'Believe It Or Not' Turkish Politics
PM Erdoğan sued but
failed to win damages from
political-cartoonist Musa Kart
because of this mocking
award-winnng Turkish Political Cartoon.

'Don't create tension,' sez Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 'I'll solve this issue (wearing of the symbolic religious turban).' -- Erdogan sues and won damages from the 2006 Press Freedom Award-winning caricature-artis Musa Kart
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Right-wing, Left-wing, Center?
Turkish Political Parties

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Turkish Political Parties - The AKP Ruling Political Party
Is this AKP political party logo the
light at the end of the Turkish political tunnel?
Or will it be the light that fails?

The AKP's Party Logo
The AKP's Party Logo

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Turkish Political Parties
on the Right and Left-wings... only!

Politics -- the ideological spectrum in Turkey

Turkish political parties (and the tendencies of the voters that the Parties try to woo) are not always easy to understand -- at least not for us. So when we find a good 'Visual Aid' to help us in the effort, we're grateful.

We found several in a recent Hürriyet Gazetesi article about "Social and Political Preferences" in Turkey -- based on research done by Doçent Dr. Ali Çarkoğlu (Sabancı University) and Prof. Dr. Ersin Kolaycıoğlu (Işık University).

In the chart above, for example, Çarkoğlu and Kolaycıoğlu ranked the major Turkish political parties from Right to Left ideologically -- from Conservative to Liberal.

Major Turkish Political Party Leaders

So, for instance, you can see that there is no political party in Turkey that is more right-wing than the religious-right AKP (Turkey's ruling majority party) -- led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Politically-speaking, PM Erdoğan's AKP is roughly equivalent to President George W. Bush's Republican Party -- though the different religious affiliations of the two party leaders may interfere with the analogy...

You'll also observe that the CHP political party (which is the only real [albeit very weak] opposition to the ruling AKP in the current Turkish Parliament) is a left-wing liberal party. The CHP Party is led [feebly] by Deniz Baykal -- and it is ideologically rather left, by comparison, of Tony Blair's redefined New Labourites.

But the graphic reveals more.

Do you notice that there are no middle-of-the-road Turkish political parties shown on the chart? That's because, according to Doctors Çarkoğlu and Kolaycıoğlu, there aren't any political parties at the center of the political spectrum in Turkey at this time. Turkish Parties and Turkish voters too, say Çarkoğlu and Kolaycıoğlu, are polarized to the Right and Left-wings. With a plurality of Turkish political party voters tending toward the far religious Right-wing.
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There's more to the Turkish political story than can be depicted in a single visual aid, we know... but that chart makes us uneasy. Because it wasn't so long ago that the major Turkish political parties were all middle-of-the-road -- and those at the extreme ends of the ideological spectrum were merely 'fringe' parties.

How does that old Bob Dylan song go...? "And the first one now, Will later be last. For the times they are a-changin'." Sure hope we'll be around for the next favorable cycle...

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