إذا كان الجيش التركي غبياً
فانه سيتدخل في موضوع الرئاسة
وهذا سيؤدي إلى إحداث خلل في
التوازن, وسيذرف مؤسس الدولة
العلمانية الدموع من قبره.
first blush, this is about a Muslim nation trying to
come to terms with its secular-religious divide.
Opposition secularists have long warned
the rules have been read until now, Gul’s election
should have been a shoe-in. With 356 Assembly members,
Erdogan’s AKP may have lacked the 367 votes for the
two-thirds majority required in the first two rounds,
but it does have the 276 votes required for a simple
majority victory on ballot three. But then the military
stepped in. “The Turkish Armed Forces are a party to
these arguments and the absolute defender of
secularism,” said the generals. The message: No AKP
president, or … well, what exactly?
government’s response was to remind the soldiers they
“report to the prime ministry.” Maybe though, the
military was sending a message to the
merits aside, the court’s decision has one good
effect. Military intervention is unthinkable
the West, Friday’s military statement would result in
Chief of Staff Yasar Buyukanit being fired if not
their third coup in 1980, the guardians developed a
methodology of power without troops and tanks. Its
best-known fruit is the soft coup of 1997, but it is
more than that. The generals are accustomed to having
the last word on many issues such as
democracy (and the European Union membership that
however, and not just AKP supporters, think the
guardians should go. At last week’s anti-AKP,
pro-secular demonstrations, some chanted “No Sharia!
No military coup!” Sadly, these protesters have no
political home. While the AKP is a race-tuned, electoral
machine, its competitors are burnt-out jalopies.
the election results will put
the soldiers? If they are Ataturk’s true heirs they
will see his dream at the end of the wire. They should
tell the opposition parties they must take
responsibility and reinvent themselves to challenge
AKP’s hegemony. Just like defeated parties everywhere.
They have the time because, even if the AKP does have
the “secret Islamist agenda” they allege, an AKP
president will have less influence than alarmists claim.
He does not, for example “nominate” judges as some
say, he picks most of them from a short list provided by
the military is foolish, however, it will intervene.
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