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Media in New TurkeyThe Origins of an Authoritarian Neoliberal State$
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Bilge Yesil

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040177

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040177.001.0001

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(p.143) Epilogue
Media in New Turkey

Bilge Yesil

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes events surrounding Turkey's general elections in 2015. The outcome of June 7 elections was a huge disappointment for Erdogan. For the first time since 2002, the AKP failed to secure a parliamentary majority. It still garnered 40 percent of the votes, but with the entry of the HDP into the Parliament (also a historic first for a pro-Kurdish party), it no longer had the outright majority to change the constitution and pave the way to Erdogan's super-presidency. In August, Erdogan announced that talks to form a coalition government had failed, and he called snap elections. On November 1, 2015, Turkey held its second general elections in five months. The AKP won the parliamentary majority it had desperately sought, and it formed a new government. Emboldened by its win, it quickly moved to have two prominent journalists, Can Dundar and Erdem Gul arrested on charges of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization, revealing state secrets, and spying.”

Keywords:   Turkey, general elections, Erdogan, journalists, Can Dundar, Erdem Gul

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