MIDEAST MIRROR 09.06.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)
1-From today’s Turkish press
GENERAL ELECTIONS RESULTS: Ezgi Basaran uncovers what lies behind the ruling party’s electoral defeat in centre-left Radikal: "Let no one be offended, but the HDP [pro-Kurdish leftist alliance] has totally trounced the AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party] in the Kurdish region. The people of this region, the majority of whom describe themselves as religious, did not opt for the AKP. What allowed the HDP to pass the 10% electoral threshold was not the votes coming from CHP [main opposition Republican People’s Party] supporters, but those of the Kurds who have voted for the AKP in the past."
Melih Asik sees a positive path ahead in centrist Milliyet: "No matter who says what, the final result represents a win for democracy. Religious-based policy maneuvers, and the attempt to curtail freedoms and fool the nation, have received a blow. The country has escaped from one man's obsession. One should take a deep breath. If the AKP is the loser in these elections, the HDP is the winner. In the coming era, this party bears a huge responsibility. If it behaves responsibly and Tayyip Erdogan is contained within the limits set by the constitution, we will enter the path to normalization."
Ali Sirmen believes that the electorate has chastised the president in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "Turkey does need an ordinary coalition but a broad national one. However, Erdogan, who turned these elections into a plebiscite on his desire for uncontrolled power, and who sees himself as the de facto leader of the AKP despite what the constitution says, and who has tried to enforce his policies via his post, represents the biggest obstacle to both this coalition and a democratic settlement. But the voters have clearly demonstrated that they are against Erdogan’s despotic tendencies and have punished the AKP."
Sahin Alpay has new hopes for a solution of the Kurdish problem in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-Gulen Zaman: "By heading to the ballot box with a high 87 % turnout, the people have denied the AKP the chance to come to power alone. They have taught the government, which was mired in bribery and spreading hatred, an unforgettable lesson. One of the elections’ most significant results is that the HDP led by Selahattin Demirtas has shattered the 10% threshold. I believe that, led by Demirtas, the HDP's success has opened the door to a peaceful and democratic solution of the Kurdish problem and a guarantee of Turkey's integrity."
Hasan Cemal calls for constitutional constraints on the president in independent online T24: "Erdogan is a not only burden on Turkey’s politics but the AKP as well. Just as he became a burden on politics in Turkey by nullifying democracy, peace and the rule of law, he has become a burden on the AKP for the same reasons. Now it is time for normalization. And the way to do that is first of all to bring Erdogan back within the 'constitutional boundaries'."
Resul Tosun accuses the opposition of deceit in centre-right, pro-government Star: "The election results have demonstrated that there is no dictatorship in this country. If that had been the case, many parties would have been unable to run in the elections. Even if they had, and the dictator was unhappy with the results, he would not just have accepted the outcome. The opposition has told lies consciously and has deceived public opinion at home and abroad."
Gulay Gokturk takes a calm view of defeat in centre-right, pro-government Aksam: "If we had woken up on June 8th to a Turkey in which the HDP had remained below the threshold, we would have been facing a situation today in which masked groups were paralyzing life in all the cities, vandalizing property and clashing with the police. The social media would be full of lies that the elections were rigged and the opposition parties would have declared the elections as unfair and the government illegitimate. The HDP has passed the threshold and the AKP has lost the power with 40 per cent of the votes. But what has happened? No one from the AKP has said anything about fraud. As the AKP would not want to be an irresponsible party that casts Turkey into the fire just because it did not come to power alone, and it will evaluate all coalition possibilities first of all."
2-From today’s Iranian press
NUCLEAR TALKS: Conservative Resalat does not believe the U.S. is ready for a deal: "Differences between the parties still remain. Currently, the U.S. and other members of the P5+1 are not seriously determined to sign a final agreement. The Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept a bad agreement in this diplomatic battle. In order to have fruitful talks, America and the P5+1 should give up their irrational demands especially regarding the lifting of sanctions and inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency."
TURKISH ELECTIONS: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami thinks it is the beginning of the end for Erdogan: "The heavy defeat of Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party in the parliamentary election will have positive consequences for the Turkish people and regional countries, especially Syria and Iraq. Erdogan's defeat is the beginning of the decline of his party and his gradual removal from power. His complicity with the Zionist regime in supporting terrorists to create instability in the region is no longer hidden from anyone. The Turkish people sensed the impact of these negative measures. By not voting for this party they opposed the anti-Islamic, immoral and inhumane policies."
Hard-line Keyhan expects dramatic changes: "Why did the Justice and Development Party face such a defeat? What will be the consequences? Undoubtedly, Erdogan's domestic and especially foreign policies played an important role in this outcome. There will be consequences that will change Turkey's domestic and foreign policies. Erdogan's bitter defeat will lead him to give up the delusion of reviving the Ottoman Empire and will shrink his regional ambitions. It can stop Turkey's adventures in Syria. Perhaps, the Syrian people are the happiest after the election results."
Conservative Khorasan clarifies: "Over the past few years, Turkey played an active role in guiding and controlling terrorism in the region. Turks thought that Assad’s decline would mean the removal of a rival and their political dominance. Excitedly, they forged an early alliance with Mursi's fragile government in Egypt and tried to attract some Palestinian groups. The final goal of these fragmented and non-strategic policies was the revival of the Ottoman Empire. Not only they failed, but also Turkey’s diplomacy was exposed to risks in the region and the world, especially in the EU. The recent elections are an overwhelming blow for authoritarianism in Turkey."
Hard-line Javan explains: "Although Erdogan will continue his previous policies with his strong personality, it is obvious that he is no longer Turkey's leading man and should prepare himself for a lengthy battle with parliament. The Justice and Development Party's defeat is due to his interventionist policies in the region, his suppression of protests and his new Ottoman-oriented political ambitions."
Conservative Hemayat lists some of the reasons: "One reason behind Erdogan's failure is that Turkish borders have become insecure due to his wrong strategies. People are tired of the Justice and Development Party's policies. The high level of unemployment, violation of human rights, corruption, curbs on freedom of speech, political control over the legal system, media control and the adoption of dangerous foreign policies played an important role in the defeat of Erdogan’s Party."
Reformist Sharq writes about rebuilding charisma: "Recep Tayyip Erdogan's charismatic leadership has been undermined. Recession, unemployment, financial corruption, violation of human rights, arresting journalists and neglecting the south-eastern regions affected the outcome of the elections. Erdogan will have to rebuild his undermined charismatic figure in Turkey's political system."
Reformist E'temad considers the options: "The results of the parliamentary polls showed that ethnic and religious minorities can be strongly effective in Turkey. A parliament of four parties is formed; none of them could obtain a majority. One option is the formation of a coalition. The other option a minority government and early election."
Moderate Iran deliberates one possible consequence: "Turkey's next government will have to change the Justice and Development Party’s domestic and regional policies. Takfiri extremists and jihadi groups based in Iraq and particularly in Syria will no longer be able to count on Turkish logistic and procurement support."
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