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1.       Trudy
7887 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 05:19 pm

Having been in Turkey for the last six weeks I saw and heard many advertisements for the several different political parties. But I have to admit that I don't really know what kind of parties there are. Are they progressive, conservative, nationalistic, extreem, religious, socialistic etc? Can someone explain this in short and (if possible) objective to me?

CHP, AK, DP, DSP, MHP, Saadet and others: what do they want?

2.       aenigma x
0 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 05:33 pm

Zamam have some good articles about the parties. For a very basic view this might be helpful:-

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=78191

3.       jenk
278 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 05:51 pm


That is a tough and complicated question. I would rather answer science questions, but here is my try..


CHP (The Republican People's party)is a left-party trying to be more democratic...The leader of CHP is Deniz Baykal.

AKP (The Bright Party) is a conservative party. The leader of AKP is Tayyip Erdogan and he is currently the prime minister of Turkey

DP (Democratic Party) is a democratic central-right-party. It is something like between right and left parties trying to stay in the middle. The leader of DP is Mehmet Agar.

DSP (The Democratic left Party) is an extreme left party. The leader of the party is currently Rahcan Ecevit who was a wife of our previous prime minister, Bulent Ecevit. Bulent Ecevit passed away sometime early 2007 ( as far as I remember). Please anyone out there corrects me if I am wrong, I guess DSP has joined CHP recently to get more votes in this coming-up elections.

MHP( The Nationalist People's party) is an extreme-nationalist right party. The leader of MHP is Devlet Bahceli.

Saadet Party is an extreme conservative party. The leader of the Saadet Party is Necmettin Erbakan.


Well, If I were you I would rather enjoy being in Turkey and get some sunten by the wonderful southern and western costs.. Probably noone in Turkey even cares about who to vote in the middle of this summer. I would rather be swimming in Antalya on the election day..

4.       aenigma x
0 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 06:26 pm

Quoting jenk:


Well, If I were you I would rather enjoy being in Turkey and get some sunten by the wonderful southern and western costs.. Probably noone in Turkey even cares about who to vote in the middle of this summer. I would rather be swimming in Antalya on the election day..



As most tourist do this, isn't it refreshing that someone wants to do the LESS touristy things and is interested in such things?

5.       Trudy
7887 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 07:03 pm

Quoting jenk:

Well, If I were you I would rather enjoy being in Turkey and get some sunten by the wonderful southern and western costs.. Probably noone in Turkey even cares about who to vote in the middle of this summer. I would rather be swimming in Antalya on the election day..



Thanks for the explanation Jenk. But if you want to punish me, you send me to the southern and western beaches (including swimming near Antalya). I prefer the east part of the country, having a cup of tea with locals and talk with them.

6.       jenk
278 posts
 15 Jul 2007 Sun 07:18 pm

Punishing you was not really my intention. By all means, whereever you feel more comfortable in Turkey..
I was just trying to attrack your attention to Turkey..
No heart feelings..

I am currently in Ankara. The weather seems to be nice these days..Going to Antalya.! It sounds like Antalya is too warm these days to see Historical places around....

7.       si++
3785 posts
 16 Jul 2007 Mon 08:09 am

Quoting jenk:




... Probably noone in Turkey even cares about who to vote in the middle of this summer. I would rather be swimming in Antalya on the election day..



I hope that the majorty of the Turkish voters do not think the same as you and also hope that we will see the highest ever voting rate (i.e. the number of people who voted compared to the total number of voters) this time.

I were vacationing, I would finish it and come back to vote. Many people I know arranged their vacation plan so as to return home and vote.

8.       mltm
3690 posts
 16 Jul 2007 Mon 01:11 pm

Quoting jenk:


Probably noone in Turkey even cares about who to vote in the middle of this summer. I would rather be swimming in Antalya on the election day..



Just talk for yourself.
I expect a very high contribution in this year's elections. A lot of people have arranged all their holiday plans in order to return on 22 july to vote.

You haven't been living recently in Turkey, have you?

9.       mltm
3690 posts
 16 Jul 2007 Mon 01:13 pm

Quoting Trudy:

I prefer the east part of the country, having a cup of tea with locals and talk with them.



Why particularly the east? You can have a cup of tea with the locals any where in Turkey.

10.       aenigma x
0 posts
 16 Jul 2007 Mon 01:16 pm

Quoting mltm:

Quoting Trudy:

I prefer the east part of the country, having a cup of tea with locals and talk with them.



Why particularly the east? You can have a cup of tea with the locals any where in Turkey.



Ouh - I'd love a cup of tea, thank you Meltem

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