Metin Mutanoglu: Turkey’s 87.5% voter turnout a record in democratic elections
“The most striking aspect of the June 24 elections in Turkey was undoubtedly the Turkish voters flocking to the polls; the 87.5 percent voter turnout has been recorded in the history of democracy in both Turkey and the world,” Metin Mutanoglu, Anadolu Agency deputy director general and editor in chief told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
Commenting on Sunday’s elections in Turkey, which sitting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won, Mutanoglu said the following:
“In contrast to the belief that polarization has been rising, the Turkish people showed that the democratic system is the most important common denominator, and the opposition has accepted the election results.
The election figures indicate that President Erdogan is retaining the support of the people despite wearisome circumstances. Despite a minimal loss of votes by his party, the election alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, brought about the results President Erdogan sought and he built a strong bloc.
The fact that the MHP did not face a big loss was a great surprise for some, while ethnopolitics did not get support from the voters.
Turkey is now shifting to a presidential system, and it’s obvious that Erdogan’s hand is growing stronger. The fact that he has held onto his popular support shows the foreign policy he has pursued has domestic approval. Experience, however, shows that Erdogan garners public support through his reformist policies rather than by keeping the status quo. For this reason, it will not be a surprise to see new initiatives being undertaken in foreign policy in all areas that seem problematic, from the US to Greece, and from Cyprus to the European Union.
Meanwhile, in the new era, Erdogan will demand with a louder voice a more equalitarian, understanding, and cooperative approach from the Western powers.”