Some political years are longer than others. Turkey witnesses a long political year every decade or so. The first half of the 19th century had several of these long political years. In 1945, for instance, not only the world but also Turkey witnessed the worst of the Second World War. For those who lived through it, 1945 must have seemed to stretch endlessly. Or, take the year 1960. The events that precipitated the coup d’état of May 27, 1960 must have made every single day seem like a year. Same thing could be said for the year 1971. Then, there is the year 1980 — every single day of which brought a different disaster. Any of the ten years that made up the 1990s, which has since been dubbed the lost decade, could be considered the longest political year of the decade. However, the year in which Turkey experienced a post-modern coup, 1997, was probably the longest.
The Longest Year of Turkish Politics: 2014
Like all long political years, the year 2014 did not begin on January 1st; rather, 2014 politically began at the end of May with the Taksim events. Nevertheless, the year may end on an optimistic note. It could be said that, unless the date of the upcoming general elections change, the long political year of 2014 will extend to June 2015. Had the government been overthrown by the police-judiciary coup in December 17th., Turkey would have been sentenced to a neo-tutelage regime for many years to come. The first phase of the tripartite elections race in Turkey ended with Erdoğan’s victory. The upcoming presidential elections in August 2014 will be the second phase. The March 30 elections clearly demonstrated that the AK Party will continue to play an important part in Turkey’s political scene for years to come.
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