After Election Victory, Turkey’s Erdogan Unlikely to Change Ways

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledges supporters after his election victory, in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 10, 2014 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledges supporters after his election victory, in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 10, 2014 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fulfilled practically everyone’s predictions by winning the country’s first direct presidential election Sunday. But rather than putting an end to the divisive political battles that have roiled the country and the inflammatory stance that has strained Turkey’s relations with neighbors, Erdogan’s victory promises to usher in yet another era of contentious domestic and international politics. The newly elected, soon-to-be President Erdogan will start a new phase of his plan to become an even more dominant figure in Turkey’s political landscape for many more years to come. As Ian Bremmer put it on Twitter following […]

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