[Imc-cyprus] Good News from the North ~ Election results
petros at cyprus-org.net
Mon Apr 20 00:58:43 PDT 2009
Already all the analysts and liars in north and south are in full swing
to "explain" and twist reality to fit their own agendas.
But what happened in the occupied north of Cyprus is simple, and on the
whole it constitutes Good News.
1. The campaign led by the New Cyprus Party (YKP) to boycott the
elections was successful! The boycott was called on the basis that the
elections are illegal and invalid under an occupation regime; they wer
enacted among an ethnically cleansed by violence population whose
composition has been altered by massive illegal settling of the island;
and, worst of all, that the occupation regime has no real autonomy but
is entirely dependent and subservient to the occupation army from Turkey
that holds half the country under the military boot with US weapons.
Abstention and Boycott of the elections was around 20% of the vote. In a
small community where everyone knows everybody and where uniformity of
activities - especially on unspoken assumptions, like the value of
voting - is enforced by many ways including social peer pressure, this
percentage is astounding!
It shows a total disenchantment with the political process and an
alienation from the system of large numbers of voters.
When significant numbers of people feel "there's no point in
participating" there is always a political vacuum, ready to filled with
liberatory political action and ideology. (The danger, of course, is
always present that if progressive and radical forces do not move into
that vacuum, reactionary and authoritarian political forces will exploit
it. As is happening now in the south part of the country, due to the
opportunism, hypocricy and spinelessness of the Left leadership.)
2. The fact that a large percentage of Turkish Cypriot voters has moved
away from the ruling party is healthy!
The party had presented itself as "progressive" with the aid of the
local Turkish military occupation authorities, of advisors from the US
Government and with great assistance from Greek-Cypriot collaborators
who lied a lot in public to sustain the fake "progressive" image of the
ruling party. The electoral results show that the Turkish Cypriot
population is disenchanted, the spell is broken, and people see through
the lies of the party and of its head in particular, Mehmet Ali Talat
who is currently the nominal "Head of State" who puts a human face on
the illegal occupation and apartheid regime in the north.
It's excellent to see the mass of voters move away from the lies. The
greatest value in this is that is that it shows that the Turkish Cypriot
majority is still *in motion*, seeking, in political movement that
continues one way or another for a decade now. The majority of the
population has gone from a continuous state of near-insurrection in the
early parts of the decade that lasted for about three years, to
investing emotionally and politically in Mehmet Ali Talat's party which
it believed was to bring about progressive (even revolutionary) change,
to now moving away from it and seeking alternatives.
The greatest danger would have been to remain frozen, for the population
to continue investing politically and emotionally in a "progressive" lie
(Talat's party) backed up by the militarists in Turkey, the Imperialists
in Washington, and the ass-lickers who lead the major parties in the
south of Cyprus.
The US Government did its best to signal to the Turkish Cypriots that
they preferred Talat, but the people rejected those signals.
In the absense of a coherent and functional radical or meaningful
anti-imperialsist and patriotic Left, voters moved to an existing
alternative, at least something which now appears to be patriotic and
less integrated with the Imperialists. Even if the party that has won
the elections seems to be more to the Right, the population is willing
to give it a chance to show its potential. Time will show.
A bit about the lies
An excellent example of lies and twisted, manipulating distortions is an
article about the elections written by Menelaos Hadjicostis for the
Associated Press and published internationally a few hours ago. I've
placed a copy of the article below for your reading pleasure. With a
little effort, all of the lies and propaganda of the fake Left and other
allies of Imperialism that have been spread throughout Cyprus and the
rest of the world, dominating local politics for the last five years can
be seen congealed in his article. Despicable.
* * *
All of the above mean that it is *imperative* for progressive forces in
the north and the south of Cyprus, both together and separately, to
create functional, dependable, honest and sincere political
organizations and mobilizations based on genuine anti-imperialism, a
committed orientation to Socialism, guided by feminist, gay-positive and
green, anti-racist values aimed at personal, social and spiritual
liberation of our peoples. "If we build it, they will come".
o~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
"The Right of Nations to Self-Determination"
o~ A Pathetic Pack of Lies that determine some of our current realities:
Nationalists win Turkish Cypriot elections
By Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press Writer
Sun Apr 19, 2009
NICOSIA, Cyprus – Turkish Cypriot nationalists won a parliamentary
election on Sunday that could stifle a promising effort to reunite
Cyprus, an ethnically divided island.
With 99 percent of the votes counted, the right-wing National Unity
Party, or UBP, garnered 44 percent of the vote, a 14 point advantage
over the ruling leftist Republican Turkish Party, or CTP, of Turkish
Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, the Electoral Board said. About 160,000
people were eligible to vote in Sunday's election. Election officials
estimated turnout at 81.3 percent.
The vote will not directly affect Talat, who began reunification talks
with Greek Cypriots in September. But the outcome could limit his
ability to negotiate a settlement, which must be approved by a referendum.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded in response to a
coup by supporters of union with Greece.
The administration in the breakaway north is recognized only by Turkey.
But Sunday's election for the 50-seat assembly was being closely watched
on both sides of the island since it could expose divisions among
Turkish Cypriots over reunification prospects.
The UBP has traditionally espoused a long-held Turkish Cypriot demand
for separate sovereignty, something that Greek Cypriots reject.
Talat broke with tradition and steered his community toward a federal
solution. His talks with the island's Greek Cypriot president, Dimitris
Christofias, have been viewed as the most promising peace effort in
decades. But Christofias had repeatedly warned that a UBP win would make
the talks difficult."
Problems such as a worsening economy have reduced the CTP's popularity.
"Only the UBP can make an agreement with the Greek side," said Hasan
Akyioit, 48, one of hundreds of UBP supporters who celebrated the
election result outside the party's north Nicosia headquarters.
Turkish Cypriot government official Mustafa Guclu said the UBPs margin
of victory gives the party enough seats to form an administration
without entering into a coalition. But he said the exact number of seats
each party won was still being determined.
UBP leader Dervis Eroglu has opposed elements of the current
reunification talks, but he struck a conciliatory note Sunday, saying he
would "embrace everyone" and promising to back the peace process.
"We are supporting the continuation of negotiations and a settlement
deriving from those negotiations," said Eroglu, who repeated his intent
to appoint a representative accompanying Talat in the talks.
Talat, who met U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in
Washington on Wednesday, had insisted peace talks will proceed,
regardless of the election result.
Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, but Turkish Cypriots have been excluded
from the benefits of membership after a previous U.N. settlement plan
collapsed. Turkish Cypriots had backed that plan in a referendum, but
Greek Cypriots rejected it.
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