Turkish general election, 2007

Turkish General Election, 2007

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Turkish general election, 2007

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Turkey's 16th general election was held on July 22, 2007 and resulted in a resounding victory for the incumbent Justice and Development Party. The election was fought mostly on Turkey's debate over laïcité and the controversial presidential election held earlier in 2007.

Recent developments in Iraq (explained under positions on terrorism and security), secular and religious concerns, the intervention of the military in political issues, relations with the EU, the United States, and the Muslim world were the main issues. The outcome of this election, which brought the Turkish and Kurdish ethnic/nationalist parties (MHP and DTP) into the parliament, will affect Turkey's bid for European Union membership, as Turkish perceptions of the current process (or lack thereof) affected the results and will continue to affect policymaking in coming years.

Background

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Controversy

Early election: The election was originally planned to follow the 2007 presidential election, scheduled for early May. However, the general election was held before a new President was appointed.

Minimum age: According to a recent change in election law, the minimum age for candidates for parliament was reduced from 30 to 25. But due to the fact that laws do not take effect for one year after passage, only candidates above the age of 30 were able to be elected in this election.

Death threat: On 14 May A death threat was...
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