EAF DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY
Brussels, October 2015 - EAF delegation visited Istanbul from the 23rd till the 25th October 2015, a week before the Turkish General Elections scheduled for 1st November 2015.
The elections were held on 1 November 2015 throughout the 85 electoral districts of Turkey to elect 550 members to the Grand National Assembly. It was the 25th general election in the History of the Republic of Turkey and lead to the election of the country's 26th Parliament. The election resulted in the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regaining a Parliamentary majority following a 'shock' victory, having lost it five months earlier in the June 2015 general election.
The snap election was called by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 24 August 2015 after the June election resulted in a hung parliament and coalition negotiations broke down. Although the election, dubbed as a 're-run' of the inconclusive June election by President Erdoğan, was the 7th early election in the history of Turkish politics, it was the first to be overseen by an interim election government. The election rendered the 25th Parliament of Turkey, elected in June, the shortest in the Grand National Assembly's history, lasting for just five months and being in session for a total of 33 hours.
The visit leaded by the EAF Secretary General Sharon Ellul Bonici was a valuable insight into the finish of the political campaign and the atmosphere within the broad audience of voters on the streets of Istanbul.
EAF believes that European political parties should continue to share experiences and exchange ideas with political partners worldwide, and maintain and establish cooperation with politicians in the neighbouring countries of the EU.
“Political stability of the countries outside the external borders of the European Union remains one of the most important factors in keeping the external borders safe, that’s why its in our interest to be knowledgeable of the political processes that are ongoing in those countries” concluded EAF Secretary General upon her return from Turkey.