There is no better instrument than the ballot box to decide “who is to govern” if we care about popular legitimacy. No one can question the mandate given by the people through a free and fair election to a political party, irrespective of its ideology, identity and program.
While the Arab Spring is introducing “people power” into the authoritarian political realms of the Middle East, Turkey held another general election on June 12, which presented the people with an opportunity to remove the AK Party that had been in power for nine years. But the people of Turkey opted for yet another term in office for the AK Party. As expected, the party won a landslide victory, capturing 327 seats out of 550, a very comfortable majority in the parliament. What was astonishing was the ability of the AK Party to increase its votes to 50 percent of the total after almost a decade in government.