Emeutes électorales en Turquie mars 2009


Six killed, nearly 100 injured in election-related clashes in Turkey

30 mars 2009

ISTANBUL – Six people were killed and 93 others were injured Sunday in election-related violence when opponent candidates and their supporters clashed in seven separate provinces.

In the small village of Akziyaret of the southeastern province of Sanliurfa a candidate for village headman was shot dead as supporters for rival candidates attacked each other, private Dogan News Agency (DHA) said. The fight left 12 other people wounded, the report added.

In a similar incident in Suruc town, also in Sanliurfa, 15 people were wounded as rival groups fired shots at each other.

Two people were killed and ten others injured in election-related violence in two separate incidents in the Lice district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Anatolian Agency reported.

In another clash between two groups in the Kagizman district of the eastern province of Kars over local headmen elections, one person was killed and five others injured, DHA said.

One person was killed and five people were wounded in the Ercek district of the eastern province of Van, DHA reported.

In the Incesu district of the central province of Kayseri, one person was killed and another was injured, Anatolian Agency reported.

In the central-western province of Afyon supporters of rival village headmen candidates clashed in an incident that left six people injured.

In another incident in the eastern province of Agri, one person was injured when supporters of mayoral candidates from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Democrat Party (DP) clashed.

More than 48 million registered voters will cast their ballots at 177,050 polling stations around the country to elect mayors as well as city and provincial assemblies for 81 city municipalities, including 16 metropolises.

Six deaths, 100 injured in local elections violence in Turkey

Sun, Mar 29 2009

Six people died and about 100 were injured as cities, towns and villages in Turkey went to the polls in local elections on March 29 2009.

The incidents took place in mainly ethnic Kurdish areas of eastern Turkey.

The fatalities came as supporters of rival candidates for the non-party position of village chief fought armed battles in several locations, Bulgarian news agency Focus quoted Turkish media reports as saying.

Turkey’s High Electoral Commission decided that « if, for some reason related with election procedure, » the results of the March 29 local elections were invalidated in a municipality, village or residential quarter, the partial re-run of the local elections there would be held on June 7 2009, Turkey’s Zaman daily website said.

Close to 48 million people in 81 provinces in Turkey were eligible to vote for local authorities.

Turkey Elections Turn Violent in Southeast


29 March 2009

Turkish authorities say fighting between rival political groups left at least four people dead Sunday as the country held local elections.

Officials say the fighting broke out in three cities in the mainly Kurdish southeast, including the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir.

Around 48 million people are eligible to vote in Sunday’s elections for mayors and other local representatives in 81 provinces.

The polls are considered a popularity test for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Most opinion polls are predicting a solid victory for his moderate, Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials AKP.

But record-high unemployment and a global financial crisis could hurt the AKP’s showing.

Secular and nationalist opposition leaders have been fiercely critical of the AKP. But analysts say the opposition parties are weak and fragmented, posing less of a challenge to Mr. Erdogan’s party.

The prime minister’s administration courted poor voters with heavy spending on social assistance programs ahead of the elections.

The government has held off signing a new deal with the International Monetary Fund until after the elections. Many analysts attribute the delay to spending cuts the IMF would likely impose on Turkey.

The ruling party also has been campaigning heavily in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region, hoping to draw votes away from pro-Kurdish parties.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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~ par Alain Bertho sur 30 mars 2009.

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