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Will Erdogan “cook” the upcoming Turkish Elections result?

The winner of the presidential race will assume extraordinary powers that were narrowly approved in a referendum last year. On June 24th, for the first time in their country’s history, Turks will head to the polls to elect both parliament and president on the same day. The vote, which will take place under a state of emergency now entering its third year, has been billed as the most important in decades. Erdoğan is favoured to win.

Today, Mr Ince’s, main opposition’s candidate (CHP), growing popularity and Mr Erdogan’s surprisingly weak campaign mean an upset is no longer inconceivable. Mr Ince would have a chance if he can force Mr Erodgan into a runoff and then inherit practically all the voters of Mrs Aksener and Mr Demirtas. But that will not be easy.

Erdogan has consolidated power at every step of his career. He has crushed anti-government protests, and in 2013 he evaded a corruption investigation into his inner circle. After a failed military coup to remove his government from power in 2016, he eliminated his opponents by firing tens of thousands of government workers, gutting public institutions, jailing critical voices, and clamping down on the media. He narrowly won a referendum last year that will change Turkey’s parliamentary system to an executive presidency, giving whoever wins Sunday’s vote sweeping new powers.

Turkey today is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, ahead of China and Egypt. Seventy-three were imprisoned in 2017 alone and more than 120 have been jailed since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Hundreds have lost their jobs in the aftermath of the coup, while allies of the government have bought up most of the country’s news outlets to transform the vast majority of the media into a loyalist press, Guardian reports.

Cumhuriyet journalists were detained in October 2016 as part of a sweeping crackdown by the government on dissidents. Twelve were arrested in dawn raids, and the chairman of the newspaper’s board, Akın Atalay, returned from a trip to Germany to turn himself in, all accused of aiding terrorist groups.

But Erdogan’s mantra of development and growth has lost some of its luster recently as Turkish people feel the pinch of a faltering economy.The lira has lost some 20% of its value since the year began, inflation is at 12% and interest rates are around a painful 18%. Some voters are tiring of what they see as Erdogan’s power-grabbing.

But despite the perpetual state of crisis, Turkish voters have turned out in droves to opposition rallies, energising a contest whose outcome two months ago seemed to be pre-ordained. Unexpectedly dynamic campaigns by Muharrem İnce, the main challenger, and the breakaway nationalist Meral Akşener have revitalised a moribund opposition movement that has lost election after election.

The Kurdish vote is pivotal in the outcome of the parliamentary election. If the HDP crosses a 10% threshold, it will win seats and could deprive the AKP of its parliamentary majority. If it fails to get into parliament, the AKP will sweep up those seats.
According to the turkish media, a Turkish citizen has been detained for voting both in Belgium and in Turkey. There are a lot of citizens of Turkey who went to vote abroad and they voted both and you can guess for who they voted…

The Turkish citizen who resides in Belgium had stirred outrage on social media this week when she shared photos showing her casting votes both in the Turkish Embassy in Belgium and at the customs gate of Adnan Menderes Airport in the western Turkish province of İzmir.

Sources: The Guardian, Hurriyet Daily News, CNN

Athens Pride 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Gay pride athens 2018

Thousands, including members of a LGBT police association, also turned out for the 14th edition of the pride parade in Athens. Since the leftist government took office in 2015, Greece has extended civil partnerships to same-sex couples, authorised sex changes from the age of 15 and legislated for children to be adopted by same-sex partners.

The Syntagma square from the early morning was not giving a very hot feeling to people who gathered there for the event or just passing by, the rhythm and the energy of the people was felt across the city. People were dancing and having fun until very late especially after the parade when very known singers and performers were coming one by one on the stage.

The 14th Athens Pride, and the second at Syntagma Square, as mentionned above was endorsed by the Greek governent and it was the first time that the parliament building was lit for the event, after a decision by House Speaker Nikos Voutsis at the request of the parade organizers.“Combating all discrimination is a precondition for equality and the basis for creating a society of progress and prosperity,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote on Twitter as a message to the 2018 Athens Pride.

Thousands of people from Athens and other greek cities gathered at Syntagma Square for the festivities that included dancing to DJ music, face and body painting, greetings and other actions.

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