In 2002 he was the new kid on the block and the country wanted change.
In 2002 he was the new kid on the block and the country wanted change.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC World Service – Turkish Election Report – November 3, 2002 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Hearing the news about the upset in the Turkish elections yesterday, and how it signaled a defeat for the ruling A.K.P. Party and put a serious damper on the political clout of its leader Recip Erdogan, was a reminder of how this was a far different outcome when the Party achieved their own stunning victory in the election of November 2002, when Erdogan and the A.K.P. swept to power in a surprise election, following Turkey’s economic crisis of 2001 and the collapse of the coalition of DSP-MHP-ANAP parties led by Bülent Ecevit.

It was a dramatic turn of events in Turkey’s political history. So as a reminder of how pendulums often swing, and voters change their minds, here is a news report via The BBC World Service from November 3, 2002 on the aftermath of that historic election.

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