Bekir Bündoğmuş: "Alliances and politics"

Bekir Bündoğmuş: "Alliances and politics"
Date: 11.1.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Bekir Gündoğmuş writes on politics. Here is the full article.

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Alliance debates have become the focus of the political agenda in Turkey. Actually, this is not an unexpected extraordinary development.
With the transition to the Presidential Government System, it was already known to everyone that politics would take shape on the basis of alliances.
The fact that the parties making politics in Turkey today, regardless of the government or opposition, will determine their route by making evaluations away from the reality of the alliance will invite the problem of not being able to read the future of politics.
Developing discourses and policies for today and tomorrow through the power-opposition relations that exist in the parliamentary system risks being deceptive.
Because Turkey, liked or not liked, not being governed by a presidential system with a parliamentary system in the current situation.
It should not be forgotten that the political equations and relations that are used to be eroded.
It is necessary to know that the system change is not only on the paper, an unconventional management understanding has been introduced, and the parties have to calculate accordingly.
Of course, it is impossible not to know how much equation potential even the condition of fifty plus one (50% + 1) has and that electoral alliances have become inevitable.
So why has the topic of alliance in Turkey suddenly become the focus of the debate today? Because the conditions have changed recently and the accounts are being updated again. Our readers will know that this corner following for a while, we were trying to address the issues related to the alliance likely scenario in Turkey.
The most important reason for this was our determination that a political environment was born as revealed by alliance theories.
That is, if things do not improve in the economy in any country where two alliance systems are in place, and if the ruling party or parties lose their ability to set the agenda, if the voter support falls below the majority, there are two ways for alliances.
The alternative of both the government and the opposition is the emergence of a new alliance. Such an alliance, on the other hand, is an alliance of centralization in general, as seen in the examples of the world. In other words, we are talking about an alliance that does not belong to extremist parties, can include many parties of various sizes, ideologically, liberal conservatives and, by chance, social democrats.
I have witnessed that various doubts have been expressed in Turkey that a possible third alliance will have consequences in favor of the government and that this is actually a move put forward by the government. Although of course theoretically may share certain extent justified, Turkey contrast with the concern, for example, I think that a state exists.
It should be emphasized and understood that making an alliance is a technical issue and that it should be regarded as "bargaining on the seat" in the literature.
Finally, I find it useful to touch on a sensitive issue.
It is necessary to see that both the MSP-CHP coalition and the 1991 RP-MÇP-IDP alliance are difficult decisions to be taken from the point of view of the National Vision, and they deeply affect the relationship with the given system and directly affect the future of the National Vision.
I think this is the main powerful effect of these alliances or gatherings.
Therefore, it is imperative that the issue of alliance with any party be addressed in a comprehensive manner that cannot be done solely through elections or vote calculations.


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