Turkey’s conservative Felicity Party (SP) has gained real momentum under Temel Karamollaoğlu, 77, who has led the party since October 2016. With tensions continuously on the rise in Turkish politics, Karamollaoğlu’s party opts for a new and smoother genre.
There seems to be an ongoing political struggle inside the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Rather than a fight over the party leadership, internal debates have mainly focused on long-term strategy issues.
n my article on Nov. 13, I wrote the following: “Neo-Kemalism is a blend of the founding will and modern necessities for national sovereignty, prosperity and peace.”
The July 15, 2016 coup attempt turned regular political references upside down in Turkey. Even ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) cadres started to multiply their eulogies of the first and old Republican era. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, too, gradually began to accentuate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s importance and significance to Turkish people in his latest speeches. Meanwhile, streets all over Turkey are covered in giant Atatürk posters.