Turkey has been searching stability while experiencing terror since 1984; but there have been great improvements since 2002 to have stability. The enhancements in the economy have helped Turkey to break away from the perception of “Poor Turkey”. Understanding of social state came forth; important developments were experienced in health, education and social issues. Significant infrastructural improvements have helped Turkey to get out of the circle of underdevelopment. Turkey is comparable with EU countries in many subjects. The main factor of all these developments was the political stability constructed by a powerful government under the rule of a single party.
Occupation of Iraq, problems caused by Israel within the region and the developments after the “Arab Spring” have caused Turkey to acquire a new role in its region. Everything happened after this. Turkey’s policy to have a stronger position within the region was not welcomed by the plans of our allies, adding the fact that the policies followed on Israel, Egypt and Syria were not compatible with the allies’. So, they have pushed the button to change the leaders of Turkey.
The operation of destabilizing Turkey started with Gezi events and it is still going on when we consider the results of June 7 elections. The manipulations of parallel structure within the state, PKK’s quitting from peace talks and the rejection of political solutions by HDP, the political extension of PKK, have caused chaos in Turkey.
Now we are at an important junction. If the November 1 elections will provide the stability and result with a single party government; Turkey will continue its journey with all the experiences. And our allies will have to accept this fact and continue their alliance with the team they have conflicts by. But, as long as no deep-rooted changes are done in the political system; the re-appearance of these events is highly possible.
Turkey must enroot and strengthen its democracy. A civilian constitution on which the social segments have agreed will be the first step of this. Presidential system must be brought into question with the presupposition that it will stop the political chaos and instability. Political parties must take brave steps on this issue.
The way to a stable Turkey depends on a democratic order in compliance with EU criteria, which is also respectful to human rights. The steps for a democratic system should be taken and PKK, which is established by armed struggle against the Republic of Turkey, should be eliminated as a threat. PKK’s nature depends on conflict and it cannot survive in a democratic Turkey.
The vision of Turkey for the region should be permanent peace, stability, security and sustainable economic growth. Facilitation of security and stability is the essential condition for economic development and welfare. Therefore, Turkey has to solve the problems in the region through dialogue and show efforts to establish economic dependency and to strengthen social and cultural ties among the countries within the region.
Looking from this perspective; November 1 elections can untie many knots or we will stay where we are as a monotonous country.