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Political Elections in Turkey

Political Elections in TurkeyThis Sunday is the day for local political elections all throughout Turkey.Thank goodness that this will soon be over.The streets of this country are littered with banners with political party slogans, logos, and photos of disreputable looking men looking disreputable all over them. Vans with speakers on them roam the streets blaring [...]

Political Elections in Turkey

This Sunday is the day for local political elections all throughout Turkey.

Thank goodness that this will soon be over.

The streets of this country are littered with banners with political party slogans, logos, and photos of disreputable looking men looking disreputable all over them. Vans with speakers on them roam the streets blaring the theme music and political slogans of this or that party at bone jarring decibels. I have no idea why the Turks would vote for any of these politicians who seem to annoy them ceaselessly during their campaigns.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Sanliurfa, Turkey- march 27, 2009
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When the political sound trucks roll by on the streets, everything else comes to a halt: you cannot talk, move, or even think until they pass because the sound that they blast out is far too loud and bothersome. Perhaps this is by design.

If I were permitted to vote in these elections, I would surely caste my ballot for a person and party that I have never heard of, because this would mean that they have not been annoying me with their banners, speeches, and loud speakers for the past month.

Elections mean a lot in Turkey.

It is my impression that Turkey is a country that stands with one foot in the West, one foot in the East, and an arm or two in the Middle East. Turkey is like a geo-political player of Twister, with its arms and legs going every which way, and its head hovering perilously close to all extremes.

Where the head of Turkey falls will be the direction of the New World Power.

Political elections in Turkey

Political Elections in Turkey

Filed under: Eastern Europe, Europe, Middle East, Turkey

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