Turkey’s top election body prevented an ‘electoral coup’ by ruling for a re-run in Istanbul - BÜLENT ORAKOĞLU

Turkey’s top election body prevented an ‘electoral coup’ by ruling for a re-run in Istanbul

The “controlled coup” discourse started by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), in order to whitewash the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and the provocative hegemonic powers behind it in the bloody July 15, 2016 coup attempt, and blame it on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was a clear perception operation. This discourse was produced by the intelligence units of global hegemonic powers. Essentially, certain journalists or soldiers’ rapid rise to the top within the party after joining the CHP’s lines garnered a great deal of attention and was associated with their affiliation to FETÖ. As a matter of fact, the facts revealed in relation to Enis Berberoğlu and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks incident indicated this situation. In statements that Dursun Çiçek, who was arrested in the Ergenekon case and then released, made on some television channels after the Constitutional Court’s rights violation decision on June 2014 – before joining the CHP – he thanked then-prime minister President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saying, “I am obligated to thank the prime minister and the ruling government that determinedly collapsed the parallel plot within the last six months in the fight against the organization, and for allowing me the right to make a personal appeal to the Constitutional Court.”

Çiçek, who joined the CHP after being released, this time, on Sept. 18, 2018, vehemently blamed President Erdoğan and the AK Party. Çiçek appeared on a television program on channel KRT, considered to be CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu’s channel, on the 57th anniversary of the May 27 coup. Though he was on the program to discuss the AK Party-FETÖ relationship, he instead made scandalous remarks that would reveal the force behind him. “We are talking with judges, prosecutors. We are asking them why some proceedings, why these investigations are not being concluded. They tell us, ‘You know the case in Turkish judiciary; one-third of judges and prosecutors have become defendants, dismissed from their positions, and hence, we do not have the power to try the ruling government. Toppling the ruling government is up to the opposition; it is your job, it is the duty of politicians. Oust them and see how we will try them then.’”

Chief prosecutors are also apparently among those who made these conspiratorial remarks.” Çiçek cannot or does not reveal the names of the chief prosecutors or prosecutors that are members of the FETÖ terror group. Çiçek, who testified at the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Mandate Prosecution Office, had not given the names of these judges and prosecutors to the judiciary either. Why are these names important? According to a claim, the “March 31 elections were a matter of life and death for FETÖ”; they see taking Istanbul and Ankara from the AK Party as opening a hole in the city wall. The March 31 electoral coup was planned with this aim. FETÖ would trip up the AK Party at the ballot box, Turkey would be cornered by Pentagon in Syria with the S-400 excuse, and the hegemonic power groups on the U.S. leg of global capital were planning to create political chaos in Turkey by paving the way for sanctions that would trigger an economic crisis.

Istanbul elections will be re-run

Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) decided to renew the mayoral election in Istanbul. The Istanbul mayoral election is going to be re-held on Sunday, June 23. The YSK made this decision on the based on the fact that the ballot committee chief and officers were not public officials despite the clear provision of law. As a result of the AK Party’s objections, it was concluded that 225 ballot committee chiefs and 3,500 officers were not public officials, and that the votes in these ballot boxes affected the discrepancy in results.

While the Civil Administration, as per articles 22 and 23 of law number 298, provided the list of 134,351 public officials to election committees, the election committees that were required to appoint all 62,560 people from these lists unlawfully determined 19,742 people who were not on them.

AK Party Deputy President Yavuz said, “Prosecution investigations have also shown that FETÖ elements have taken an active role in this organized illegality. As a result, there is a complete state of illegality in many aspects. There is complete election corruption in question. ‘Organized illegality’ was jointly and intentionally committed, not separately and inadvertently.”

The YSK prevented an electoral coup with its decision to scrap the elections in Istanbul and highlighted the people’s will. The facts revealed in the investigations once more very clearly showed that the March 31 elections were a matter of Turkey’s survival.


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