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Erdogan and the reinvention of the Turkish presidency

12 Aug 2014
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Sunday saw Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan win election to the Turkish presidency. The outcome was expected, the only real question had been whether Erdogan would require a second round to defeat his main opponent Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu. The election marks the closing of a remarkable 14 months in which Erdogan has faced liberal protests, corruption allegations, a bitter fallout with his former allies in the Gülenist movement, and a string of regional foreign policy reversals. His election has reaffirmed his status as the dominant force in Turkish politics. Nevertheless, his ambition to transform the presidency into a powerful executive remains a significant and unpredictable gamble.

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