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Voter Behavior of Sunni And Alevi Zazas During The Ak Party Era

Author(s): Murat Kaçer, Yılmaz BİNGÖL
Subject(s): Electoral systems, Political behavior, Politics and religion, Politics and society, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Bingöl Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü
Keywords: Political Participation; Electoral Behavior; Alevi Zazas; Sunni Zazas; AK Party;

Summary/Abstract: This study aims to examine the political behavior of Zazas living in Turkey in the frame of their sectarian differences during the AK Party era. The voting behavior of Sunni and Alevi Zazas in general and local elections (municipal presidency, provincial council membership, municipal council membership), referendums and presidential election results between 2002 and 2017 were examined during this period. Considering the purpose and scope of the work, Tunceli was chosen as the representative of Turkey's Alevi Zazas and Bingol as Turkey's Sunni Zazas. This study is concluded as follows: In all general and local elections, Sunni Zazas voted for the AK Party; Alevi Zazas voted for the leftist parties and ethnic Kurdish parties. In the referendums,  while Sunnis Zazas voted "yes" in favor of the AK Party and therefore the government; Alevi Zazas voted "no". In the presidential elections, Sunni Zazas voted for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is also a candidate for the AK Party and also its former chairman, while Alevi Zazas voted for Selahattin Demirtas, the candidate of the ethnic Kurdish movement, for the most part.

  • Issue Year: 8/2018
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 65-87
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Turkish