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What went wrong between the AKP and Hizmet in Turkey?

In an article and short paper by Rosi Kern the political frictions between the AKP and Hizment in Turkey are examined.

The past year media reports have been rife with details of a major fall out between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Hizmet movement, particularly since December 2013 scandal ensuing investigations that implicated very senior members of the AKP government.

Members of the Hizmet movement, who partly make up the top echelons of many of Turkey’s key institutions, are widely believed to have been behind the exposure of the scandal and have since been locked in a very public power struggle with the AKP.

Against all odds, however, the AKP still won the presidential (August 2014) and Istanbul’s local elections (March 2014) resoundingly, leaving Hizmet and its leader, the US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, to lick their wounds.

However, the most recent wave of arrests and an arrest warrant against Gulen has demonstrated once more that while Hizmet is against the ropes, the power struggle is likely to remain a key aspect of Turkish politics for the foreseeable future.

With this in mind, it is important to put the fallout between the AKP and Hizment, who had been key allies in the early 2000s, into context, which the following report attempts to achieve by comparing the key ideological and political approaches of the AKP and Hizmet, and analyzing the main factors behind their alliance and subsequent fallout.

Rosi Kern discusses the detail, analysis and implications of the power struggle in a short paper that you can download by clicking HERE.

RosiRosi Kern is a multilingual geopolitical risk management professional with extensive background in Middle Eastern affairs and is a political risk consultant. She has lived and worked in various Middle Eastern countries.