AKP Snap Election Tactics: Turmoil in Turkey

Dylan O'Driscoll

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Following the 2015 national election in Turkey the AKP, for the first time since coming to power in 2002, failed to win enough votes to form a majority government. Since the election the AKP has given the impression that it is attempting to form a coalition government, but in reality the party has been
employing a number of tactics in order to increase its share of the vote in preparation for a snap election. These tactics have mainly revolved around increasing the nationalist vote and damaging the main Kurdish party. However, these manoeuvres have increased polarisation in Turkey and have resulted in an escalation of the conflict with the Kurds. Worryingly, it has become evident that the AKP aims to win power in the next election at all costs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPolish Institute of International Affairs
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

Publication series

NamePolicy Paper
PublisherPolish Institute for International Affairs (PISM)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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