Turkey’s Ruling Party Was Expected to Win Majority, Says ARF’s Manoyan

Head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau’s Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Giro Manoyan (Source: Photolure)
Head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau’s Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Giro Manoyan (Source: Photolure)

Head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau’s Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Giro Manoyan (Source: Photolure)

YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was expected to ensure the right to form a government on its own, Giro Manoyan, head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau’s Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office, said at a press conference today, commenting on the outcome of the parliamentary elections in Turkey.

According to Manoyan, after the July elections in Turkey, it was clear that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would destabilize the situation in the country to make the public cast its vote for stability— for the ruling party.

Manoyan says that he believes Erdogan will maintain the same policies both domestically and abroad.

According to Manoyan, Turkey is rather isolated today, and he doubts it will resolve issues with its foreign policy. Neither will it take steps towards improved relations with Armenia.

“If not the issue of Syrian refugees, where Turkey is seen by many European states see as a key player, the country’s alienation from the West would be even deeper. The domestic polarization in Turkey will also continue, because this is what that country’s policy is based on,” Manoyan said.

As for Armenian-Turkish relations, he expects no breakthrough in the coming four years, because Turkey has a lot of internal problems to solve.

According to Manoyan, Turkey continues to associate its relations with Armenia with those between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is not likely to change that policy in the near future.

“The steps connected with the Armenian community of Turkey will also be formal, while actually the discriminative policy will continue,” he said.

Manoyan added that, “the three Armenian parliament members that retained their seats in the parliament will hardly be able to properly defend the interests of the Armenian community.”

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