Today, Sunday 1st November, Turkey is heading into its second parliamentary election in five months. The election will take place in a highly charged atmosphere with escalating violence and financial volatility.
The renewed conflict between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is spreading throughout the country, and there is a significant rise of ethnic tensions in many regions.
The June 7th parliamentary elections failed to deliver a fourth term of government to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the country was left with a hung parliament.
Efforts to form a coalition government failed despite long talks between the AKP and the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Many political commentators in turkey are predicting that this election will also result in a hung parliament, and with as little chance of forming a coalition now as there was in June.
- Pray for Turkey, for peace across the country as it holds these elections, and for them to be both free and fair.
- Pray for the aftermath of the election to also be peaceful, for all parties to seek to work together for the good of the country, and for stability both politically and financially for this nation.
- Pray for Christians in Turkey, and for the Turkish Church, that the future government will recognise them and allow freedom of worship without fear or oppression.
1 Timothy 2 vs 1 – 2: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.”