X-ray of the electorate in Turkey before the elections
Turkey is headed to the June 24th Presidential and Parliamentary Elections which will be held under a state of emergency. Speaking to AlphaNewsLive, Turkologist Nikos Moudouros quoted a number of facts that help us understand how the current situation affects things.
-Until December 2017: a total of 30 government decrees were issued consisting of 1194 different articles, through which changes were imposed on 1000 articles of existing laws.
-20 July 2016-September 2017: 111.588 people were fired from the public sector, have no right to employment in the public sector and are deprived of their passports . Among them are 5.822 academics and 33.337 secondary school teachers.
-Until December 2017: the operation of 19 trade unions and 148 news organizations and publishing houses was banned. During the same period, 49 private hospitals / clinics, 2.271 private educational organizations, 1.427 organizations / associations and 15 private higher education institutions were banned from operating.
-Until September 2017: 1.022 private companies came under state control with the appointment of a state commissioner. Their value was estimated at 47 billion Turkish pounds and employs 49.928 people, in whom the trade union organization was banned.
-November 2016 until today: Decisions affecting the Kurdish political movement. 9 deputies of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) are prisoners. Among them is former party leader and current HDP presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş. The same is true of the 68 mayors elected by the party. In a total of 94 municipalities dominated by the People's Democratic Party, a state commissioner was appointed and the elected were expelled.