Last week, I didn't post any articles about Turkey's domestic agenda -except the Davos issue- but I was following the news.
I guess that there were several important stories that would continue to develop this week. Now I will voice my opinion about one of them.
We learn that the AKP officials are more and more innovative when it comes to electioneering. Just before the local elections in March, now they start distributing household appliances to poor people in the eastern provinces.
Up to now, the AKP were using MY taxes to buy votes in exchange of coal and food. Personally, I was not completely unhappy about this shameful tactic; because, after all, those poor people really need to eat and stay warm in the winter; so it's tolerable. But what about the latest wave of dishwashers and microwave ovens as election gifts?!
On the other hand, most of the people look at the finger and not where it points out. The latest AKP scandal is not only about buying votes. It is about making certain people richer.
The AKP, through the hands of the provincial governor who is a relative of an AKP MP, singled out two firms and bought hundreds of household appliances -thanks to the central state budgets- from these firms.
The election committee has prohibited such campaigns and a state prosecutor has begun investigating the govern(ment)or; but it's too late. As the goods are already bought and distributed, the message is sent and the lesson is learned:
Other firms, which will confront a serious contraction in the market volume for the next 5 years, should eat their hearts out. Maybe they should also start supporting the AKP!