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Cablegate: Turkey: "Erdogan Ii" Gets Party-Line Vote Of

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SUBJECT: TURKEY: "ERDOGAN II" GETS PARTY-LINE VOTE OF
CONFIDENCE

REF: A. ANKARA 2223

B. ANKARA 2235 AND PREVIOUS

1. (U) On September 5, the Turkish parliament gave PM Erdogan
and his single-party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
government a vote of confidence. As was the case with the
presidential election (ref A), the vote split cleanly along
party lines, with 337 AKPers voting for their government and
program, and all opposition parties voting against. There
was one abstension. Parliament will now recess until October
1.

2. (SBU) After four-plus months of political turmoil, both
the Turkish government and President are newly installed and
ready to do business. Some things remain the same, but much
has changed -- and not only in the presidency. Erdogan
remains Prime Minister, with two-thirds of his cabinet
unchanged, but his AKP has a new, resounding mandate, and the
responsibility that goes with it. The face of parliament has
changed as well, with some 85 percent of the electorate now
represented. In addition to AKP, three opposition party
groups -- the Republican People's Party (CHP), the
Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Democratic
Society Party (DTP) -- reflect much of the spectrum of
Turkish society. Some 13 center-left Democratic Left Party
(DSP) MPs and a handful of singleton independents round out
parliament's composition. All opposition parties, through
their party-line votes and statements, have handed full
responsibility to govern to Erdogan's AKP.

3. (SBU) By their very participation in the presidential
election process, MHP, DSP and DTP have indicated, to
differing degrees, that they respect the democratic processes
and may be prepared to conduct themselves as a constructive
opposition. For its part, the CHP has so far sulked in its
corner; if the previous parliament is any measure, the CHP's
approach to opposition -- as long as Deniz Baykal retains the
party helm -- will be to say "no" at every turn.

4. (SBU) Potential fault lines are many -- between staunch
secularists and the government; between nationalists and
Kurds; among parties vying for primacy as "the opposition";
on different issues, ranging from constitutional reform to
EU-accession related reforms, from counter-terrorism to Iraq
and beyond. Civil-military tensions remain as well. Once
parliament reconvenes, we will start to get a better sense of
just how constructive or fractious parliament will be, and on
what issues. While AKP has the votes to pass most
legislation on its own, Erdogan's ability to build at least
partial consensus -- a goal he articulated in AKP's
government program -- will be one important hallmark of
success.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/

WILSON

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