Out With The Old – Turkish Elections Of 2002 – Past Daily Reference Room

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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