Was the Turkish election a blessing in disguise?
Tanju Yürükoğlu argues that letting Erdoğan reap what he's sown is the only way to bury political Islam for good.
By Tanju Yürükoğlu
About two years ago, a well-known Turkish mafiosi, Sedat Peker, began revealing details of the illicit activities of AKP minions—corruption, bribery, unsolved murders—in a series of YouTube videos. Just when he was getting to Erdoğan himself, he was silenced—digital isolation, they call it—by the security services of the UAE, where he was hiding. About a month before the elections, two more mafiosi close to Erdoğan began spilling the beans about Erdoğan and others in his administration, also on YouTube. One confessed that he and his two brothers were Erdoğan’s henchmen; as trusted members of the Erdoğan “family,” they had taken part in most of his shady deals.
I was pretty certain that Erdoğan would find a way not to leave. But I thought that the latest wave of YouTube revelations would have a significant impact on the outcome of the elections. I was wrong.
Erdoğan retains popular support for a number of reasons: