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America To Turkey, Learning To Live With "Post-Election Stress Disorder"

Those who supported Turkey's opposition in the recent national elections are suffering a particular syndrome since the victory of incumbent President Erdogan. They could seek advice from supporters of Hillary Clinton, or even Al Gore.


ISTANBULTurkey’s elections are over, but the tension remains. Weeks later, a portion of the Turkish population is dealing with stress, disappointment – even outright anger.

And let’s not even get started with social media – particularly Twitter – because it’s a bloodbath over there.

Between the pandemic, the ongoing Turkish economic crisis and the recent deadly earthquakes, Turks have been living through a highly stressful environment for quite some time. The elections, in which incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won for the second time, have caused a phenomenon called post-election stress disorder.

Let’s back up and define our terms. The results of the elections did not put an end to this general sense of tension. On the contrary – extreme tension during the electoral period transforms into a sense of post-election trauma.

The term to define this situation is parallel to the already existing clinical term of post-traumatic stress disorder: “post election stress disorder,” or PESD.

The term was first used after the 2000 presidential election in the U.S., when Al Gore and George W. Bush fought a tough race, whose results remained unclear until, in a highly political 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court named Bush as the winner.

Such a close election, which left half the nation unhappy with the result, created a real psychological breakdown among many. The election left deep scars, which to some extent last to this day.

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Why Gen Z Is A Real Threat To Erdogan's Grip On Power In Turkey

Erdogan has long sought to mould young Turks into a so-called 'pious generation' for his brand of Islamic political rule. Now it seems he has failed, as the younger generation longs for what that the president refuses to grant them. In next year’s elections, their votes may prove decisive.

ISTANBUL — The only Turkey that Zehra Denizoglu has ever known is the one governed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He became Prime Minister the year she was born, and shortly afterward was named “European of the Year”, having brought the inflation rate down to 9%. Now, 18 years later, it is more than five times that, and Erdogan has established a regime where he wields absolute power. Denizoglu is now an adult and has started studying at a university in Istanbul. Next year she will be one of around 6 million first-time voters in Turkey.

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Erdogan's Unique Recipe Of Nearly Absolute Power

Why was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's supposed ally forced out of the Prime Minister post? The answer lies in the particular ambitions of this Turkish leader.

ISTANBUL — Good thing that Davutoglu kept his silence.

The die-hard supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were on the verge of calling outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a "coup conspirator." For you never can tell what those surrounding the President might end up doing once accusations start circulating about being "Germany's man" or "America's man."

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