Did the voters divide?

September 16, 2010, Thursday/ 15:42:00
No matter what their explanations are, the attitudes of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which opposed the reforms, and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which boycotted Sunday’s referendum on the reform package, will be recorded as unforgettable political mistakes for many years.
There is no need to mention the attitude of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) separately. These parties presented the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) a trump card for criticism. At this point, there is need to correct the argument that the referendum divided Turkey into two camps. Turkey is not split, because there is support for the AK Party even in provinces that delivered a strong “no” to the reforms. Certainly, all provinces were not expected to say “yes” to the reforms, however, the CHP’s absence in provinces except for the coastal areas is a serious problem. Instead of trying to console themselves about the referendum defeat, it is better for the CHP’s administrators to attempt to understand the voters in light of the values of the new Turkey.