Left gains in Turkey: Erdoğan’s Islamists rebuffed

June 7, 2015 at 11:42 pm (elections, Jim D, kurdistan, left, Middle East, secularism, turkey)

Halkların Demokratik Partisi – HDP's photo.
Above: victorious HDP candidates celebrate

Some good news is coming through from the Turkish election. Reports of high votes for the leftist/secular/Kurdish HDP – 12% or higher: with the peculiar undemocratic nature of representation this will mean over 70 seats. This could well mean the collapse of Erdoğan’s vicious authoritarian Islamist government. Turkey, along with Saudi  Arabia, is a key reactionary government in the Middle East enjoying US support. This is a massively encouraging result, and should give pause to those on the UK and European left who give knee-jerk support to Islamism.

HDP: a Turkish Syriza?

4 Comments

  1. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Unusual for the US to support reactionary government’s. Land of the free and all that sort of thing.

  2. Steven Johnston said,

    So does that mean we will see the SWP jeer that a leftist, secular party has made gains against their muslim brothers (and sisters)?

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      They probably will after soul searching at an emergency meeting in a phone booth.

  3. Andrew Coates said,

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