Turkey is going to elections on Sunday and it is not a pretty sight. Some 55 million voters will have to decide between three presidential candidates in a venomous atmosphere with insufficient enthusiasm, a blurred sense of fair competition and without any rational debate on what this historic choice will be about, as the country’s political climate raises the alarm to higher levels as the days go by.
Instead, as voter groups are as alienated as ever from each other, driven to rifts and hatred and bombarded by a barrage of propaganda, injected paranoia and blocked by a media censoring realities, the choice is doomed to be seen as a referendum — and, in a sense, a grand jury trial — over a single person, whose discourse and deeds are the cause of the not-at-all-pretty sight.
All the roads to the ballot boxes on Sunday are covered with political and legal debris — a personal product of the “master,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Dark clouds having already gathered and a storm of unknown proportions is ahead which results from the misconduct of the political powers, escalating since the Uludere bombing, killing 34 Kurdish villagers, the Gezi protests and the massive graft scandals.
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