“It’s notable that the opposition have conceded that they lost. They didn’t concede defeat in last year’s referendum, where there were some very serious allegations of voting fraud that took place. They want to make this new system work for them.”
Michael Daventry analysing the results of the Turkish general election on Euronews.
On Sky News’s All Out Politics with Adam Boulton, 17 July 2017
Lots of people in Turkey are very uncomfortable, even within his own party, about how authoritarian President Erdoğan has become and how much power is being concentrated specifically around him rather than the institution of the presidency.
Michael appeared on Adam Boulton’s Monday morning politics show to discuss the state of Turkey one year after the failed coup attempt, the continuing implications for Turkish domestic politics and what support President Erdoğan retains abroad.
“Turkey is divided right down the middle, even though we’re getting these pictures of flag-waving people in the streets defending Turkish democracy. It just isn’t the full picture.”
Me discussing a year since the Turkish coup on BBC News earlier this evening.
On 16 April, a referendum on a “Turkish-style” executive presidential system in Turkey produced a narrow victory for Yes, although the No camp refused to concede and said it would challenge the outcome.
In a number of appearances the following day on the BBC, Michael explained how the Turkish electoral authorities’ decision regarding a missing official stamp had led to widespread claims of electoral fraud in the vote.
He also explained how the new “Turkish-style” executive presidency system would make it a lot harder to scrutinise the office holder of the presidency.
On Sky News, 17 April 2017, following the previous day’s executive presidency referendum in Turkey which resulted in an unofficial Yes result.
“Ballot papers need to carry an official seal. That seal is from the president of the polling station, the person who’s in charge of running things around that ballot box.
“What the election authorities in Turkey said yesterday, just as the ballot boxes were closing, was that any ballot that does not carry that official seal will be considered valid.
“That notionally means that somebody could at home have printed reams and reams of ballot papers, pre-stamped them Yes, and forced them into people’s hands as they entered the polling station – which does infringe on the privacy of the ballot box and makes the result potentially not healthy.”
Contributing to a report on Sky News, 5 January 2017, following a bombing in İzmir.
“In the last 18 months there have been dozens of bombings, shootings and attacks on security personnel – that’s resulted in the deaths of 500 people. That’s one person a day. That’s the context of Turkey’s security problem.”