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  1. BBC says the party “won local elections by a wide majority” and then goes on to say that it won 39% of the vote.

    That’s pretty far from a majority.

    I suppose the good folks at BBC really meant “margin.” One has to read a bit deeper into the article to find out that the runner-up party had 20%. Yeah, that’s a big margin, in the context of high fragmentation.

    I assume there are lots of independents and local parties in the mix, some of which might even be local allies of the AKP (for all I know).

    (Insert various frustrations over media coverage of elections here. And BBC is actually one of the better media outlets in elections coverage.)

    Comment by MSS — Monday, March 30, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Yep.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, March 30, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  3. Note to politicians: never paint a political outcome as likely that, if it fails, will paint an election where your party wins as a failure. See: Repuiblicans, circa 2004-06, AKP here.

    It amazes me that politicians keep doing this.

    Comment by B. Minich — Monday, March 30, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  4. Official numbers according to almost all Turkish media are AKP 39 percent, CHP 23 percent and MHP 16 percent. However, what we don’t see in world media is the dodgy dealings in the elections and counting votes. During the vote counting in Istanbul and Ankara when the opposition party CHP was leading, all of a sudden there was a cut in electricity! In those places there were never cuts in years. Then, the data was lost. But, after electricity was fixed governing party AKP began to led the votes in Istanbul and Ankara. In many places votes are being recounted. Also, there were votes burned and stolen by government party supporters, these were even filmed. Why don’t world media not talking about this? This is all over Turkish media.

    Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

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