My post-convention sum up: What we have in the political arena today is the product of AK Party’s doing…

The latest traditional party convention of AK Party in the town of Kızılcahamam is just over. I hope that the convention was productive. MPs and leaders of local party organizations from all ranks spent two days in the gathering. Because not much...

The latest traditional party convention of AK Party in the town of Kızılcahamam is just over. I hope that the convention was productive. MPs and leaders of local party organizations from all ranks spent two days in the gathering. Because not much information has been leaked out to the public, all I can do is wishing that they had a fruitful convention.

Let me immediately explain the reason of my wish: AK Party is expected to rule our country during coming four years, and, just looking at the present-day picture it is not difficult to anticipate that this four-year period will be one of the hottest periods of our political history. There are lots of challenging problems at home and abroad accumulated in recent years, and only a strong government may overcome these problems. However, AK Party recently appears to have lost strength considerably while it is heading to the end of 17th year in power.

Here, with the phrase of `losing strength’ I don’t merely mean the relative loss in elections leading to the formation of an alliance with MHP, which has resulted in further erosion of votes in the traditional grassroots of the party.

People who can analyze this situation best and confirm my observation must be party officials who get several research companies conducting public opinion polls every month and have access to findings of these researches.

Considering that even directors of these research companies feel the need of warning the party in public, too, important details of the researches that are kept away from the public eye must be shared with the party officials in one-to-one meetings.

Problems of AK Party go beyond what is meant by the word ‘instigation’, the word used by the President in the conclusion of the convention as an answer to criticisms raised by the delegates throughout.

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