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Turkey’s new governance model imposes two-party system

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Among the most significant recent domestic political developments in Turkey is the formal declaration of the “People’s Alliance” by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The two parties have stressed that this alliance will not be limited to the 2019 parliamentary and presidential elections. An AKP spokesman said it will continue after the 2019 elections, up to and beyond the 2024 elections.

At a recent meeting with a group of journalists, a senior AKP official explained this new political formation as an “obligation” of the new governance model that Turkey adopted in last year’s referendum. “The political system has inevitably changed with this new model. To come to power there is now a need to acquire at least 50 percent-plus-one-vote. This new model will force political parties to form alliances,” the official said.

This new model will eventually change the democratic and political culture in Turkey, the official suggested. “Ultimately, two main political lines will be set up. The necessary consolidation of power will thus be provided thanks to the new model,” he said.

These remarks reflect the long-standing political objective of........

© Hürriyet Daily News