Ankara, May 31, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Coming from a poor neighborhood of Istanbul, despite political restrictions that had been imposed on him due to the pro-Islamic action, he managed to stay in power for 13 years, develop the Turkish economy at an impressive pace and wants to remain for years to come.
At one time his enemies had predicted that “he won’t even be a mayor”, but he now plans to concentrate all the executive powers of the country of the country in his hands. He is 61-year old and envisions the Turkey of 2023. His political opponents accuse him of anti-democratic practices in his way of governance.
The 56-year old prime minister is a university professor. Until 2009 he was not a member of the AKP. In 2011 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and was elected in 2011. In August 2014 he took over as prime minister when Erdogan became the first elected president of Turkey, as he was considered one of his most trusted persons. His political opponents accuse him that the Turkey of “zero problems with its neighbors” policy, at present has no ambassadors in an of the important countries in the Middle East.
The 67-year old Kilicdaroglu has assumed the leadership of the Republican People’s Party since 2010. He has beaten five times in elections by the AKP (parliamentary, municipal, referendum, presidential), but he didn’t resign. In this election he has admitted that his party won’t come first, but will increase its rates at the level of 30%. The former head of the National Insurance Service of Turkey has failed to inspire the Turks as a rival of Erdogan.
The “dinosaur” of Turkey’s policy. He is president of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) since 1997. The 67-year old Bahceli was vice president in the Ecevit government as a member of the coalition. He has been defeated in 10 elections, but still remains in the leadership of the Party. Nobody excludes a future cooperation of his party with the AKP.
The 42-year old leader of HDP is considered charismatic, since as of last June, when he took over the leadership of the Party, he managed to be a strong opponent of AKP. Lawyer by profession, in the August presidential election he managed to increase the percentage of Kurds to 9.2% (from 6.7%). In this election for the first time his party claims the votes of all Turkish voters as his party wants to change from pro-Kurdish to pro-democratic. If he overcomes the electoral threshold of 10%, he is believed to play an important role in the future of Turkey’s political scene.