The post Erdogan period

The post Erdogan period
This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al

By Frrok Çupi

We have a very bizarre history (contemporary history). Let us be honest with ourselves.

Here, we’re facing another “post” period (post-Erdogan), which means that we could once again hope a little. It doesn’t really matter if Erdogan falls or not after yesterday’s, elections; in fact, Erdogan has already fallen…

What about here in Albania? We wasted the opportunities that were offered to us in the “post-communist” period. During this period, we had great hopes that we would win. Since 1991, Albania has only won the freedom that time gave us. The Albanian people could not win anything by itself. We restored communist behaviour (without the communists). We lost the battle of feeling proud of our ancient roots. We lost the battle of enjoying the right of owning properties. We lost the battle of enjoying free speech, a system of values, culture and art, governance without crime, etc, etc.

So many battles we have lost in the post-communist period!

At last, we also lost the battle for freedom. We have demonstrated that we feel better in dictatorship rather than in freedom. Recently, some corrupt EU officials requested our state to accept thousands of refugees who came from war zones and areas where there’s terrorism. And we’re ready to accept them.

Are we going to gain anything in the post-Erdogan period?

Will the economy gain out of this? Erdogan’s Turkey ranks among the 20 most developed economies. Albania’s economy ranks among the last of the continent and it has high hopes on Erdogan. Albanian and Kosovo’s governments have established ties with the Turkish economy instead of Germany’s or the US’ economy.

With Erdogan’s fall, our economy falls too. It doesn’t matter if Erdogan falls or not. The Turkish economy has started to plummet, the same as ours. Inflation in Turkey has increased by 10%, while the Turkish Lira has depreciated by 25% in the recent days.

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It doesn’t matter whether Erdogan falls or not. His idea of consolidating a state failed. Erdogan wanted a state where he controlled everything. This was Erdogan’s powerful state. His authoritarian state culminated when he amended the Constitution with the aim of holding on to power eternally. In the end, he also made up a “coup d’etat”, where he emerged both like a victim and a dragon in July 2016. The same things were also done here, in this little country of ours. Power is controlled by one man, the same as in Turkey. The government has declared that it’s building a stronger state by imprisoning poor people and threatening anyone whom it recognizes as an opponent.

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Erdogan will surely fall this Sunday. Even if his defeat is not as big as to force him to leave today, he will leave within a short period of time, because Erdogan’s style is no longer in fashion. Erdogan rejected all of Turkey’s civil and state values; he rejected Kemal Ataturk’s heritage. Turkey is building a scary Islamic state in order to become a leader of Islamism and a fierce opponent of the US, Europe and Russia.

Today, Erdogan also controls over 90% of the media in the country and his prisons are filled with journalists who are against him. Freedom of speech has received a powerful blow. What about here? Media is controlled by the government and criminals; ignorance has spread all over society, government and Parliament. The values of the old nobility of the country have been covered by the symbols of the dictatorship of proletariat. Could this post period be a successful one for us? So far, there’s nothing that could indicate such thing.

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Will Erdogan fall?

Even if he wins by a margin, he will fall. The Turkish people have pledged that they will take destiny in their own hands. Millions of Turks have taken to the streets to remove Erdogan. Analysts say that Erdogan will rig the elections. If such attempts are made, then Turkey could sink to a civil conflict.

What about here? Have there been any provisions in place? At least, the government and opposition do not know anything. Perhaps someone else does...

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy

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