Turkey’s post-election instability and Cyprus By @eratokm1

By Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis

Since last Sunday’s Parliamentary elections, Turkey has entered a period of political uncertainty and possible instability, which may last for several weeks, with likely aftershocks affecting the economy of the country.

Though the elections were not presidential, the greatest casualty of the Parliamentary elections was, no doubt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself, who saw his ambitions to boost his Presidential powers and solidify his grip on Turkey, fully shattered.

The big winner of the elections was, obviously, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and its charismatic leader Sellahettin Demirtas, that made possible the successful entry for the first time in the Grand National Assembly of a solidly pro-Kurdish and truly progressive party. The transformation, in a very short period of time, of a mere group of people fighting for Kurdish rights, into a widely recognised political power championing greater liberties not only for the Kurdish population but also for the other minorities, was the most striking and uniquely historic development in Sunday’s elections.

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