The number of votes that the People's Democratic Party (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş received in the presidential election was a noteworthy success. The inefficiency of the joint candidate and the willingness of Kurds who support the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to vote for the Kurdish candidate in the first round also played a role in that result. It is not very probable for that rate to be observed in general elections. But still, it will positively influence the political efficacy of the HDP in the short term. It is presumed that the "real" opposition role will be played by the HDP in an atmosphere where the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are out of the game due to their inner conflicts.
This situation could explain why Demirtaş was unexpectedly supported by the anti-AK Party media before the election. Anti-AK Party groups set a strategy that in order to throw the AK Party, they were required to either win in the first round or receive the support of Kurds in the second. So they nominated a person, who they estimated would receive the votes of religious groups, as the joint candidate of the CHP and MHP. But case studies already revealed on the second week of election campaigning that the joint candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu's probability of winning was very unlikely. The joint candidate did not receive the votes of AK Party supporters and that also about 20 percent of the MHP supporters would vote for Erdoğan according to surveys. With this picture, the only chance for them was Demirtaş to get an unexpectedly high number of votes, in that case, the confidence and willingness of Kurds to oppose the AK Party would increase. If the election had gone to a second round, Demirtaş supporters might also have voted for İhsanoğlu. Also, even though it had not come true, tensions between the government and the HDP might have arisen and the Kurdish reconciliation process might have been hindered. This would mean that the AK Party government might encounter a dilemma in a phase when Erdoğan would not chair the party, and consequently, the party would lose the 2015 elections.
So, sympathy for Demirtaş was displayed by most media outlets, especially by the Doğan Media Group. Even those that had a racist approach to the Kurdish movement before suddenly adopted a "mild" attitude toward Demirtaş. The election is over and we have witnessed no surprise. Erdoğan won. Also, within the CHP, the group discharged from the party before and the nationalist group made cooperation and mutinied together against the headship of the party. In brief, only one way remained to stop the AK Party: blocking the reconciliation process. Succeeding in this was quite simple. Kurds would voice their desire for reforms, object to the "authoritarianism" of the AK Party, find the reconciliation process insufficient and reject any cooperation.
This project was reasonable, but it had a simple prerequisite. Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK, was required to support the project. And the anti-AK Party groups were discouraged once again. Öcalan said to the delegation he met that the latest course of events mark a historical point and that the war is in a phase of coming to an end with a great democratic negotiation. He also said, "The democratic negotiation process is profoundly meaningful both historically and socially. We are in a phase which the affects and consequences will be great. This process also includes historical opportunities not only for the resolution of the problems in Turkey, but also for other critical problems in the region on the basis of peace and liberties."
More discouragingly, Öcalan pointed out that the presidential election founded a ground for overcoming the introverted, ultra-radical nationalist and fascist policies that have prevailed for the past 90 years. He also said, "The new period will be significant since it will realize the dreams of a democratic Turkey and a democratic republic that once sounded utopic." That is to say, the leader of the Kurdish political movement is sure that the new Turkey, led by the AK Party, will be democratic. Those claiming that the ruling power is becoming more authoritarian should maybe pay a visit to İmralı Island.
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