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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a brief press conference at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, April 1, 2015 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).

Cracks Appear Within Turkey’s AKP Ahead of Crucial June Elections

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On June 7, Turkish citizens will head to the polls to elect representatives for the Grand National Assembly. Although Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is certain to retain its parliamentary majority, the outcome of this important election will likely determine the future of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Since 2011, Erdogan, echoed by the party’s manifesto, has argued that Turkey must change its political system to create what AKP supporters refer to as the “New Turkey.” To do so, Erdogan has called for the drafting of a new constitution that includes a strengthened presidential system imbued with few checks and balances. But the proposal has proven controversial—including with many of the founding members of the AKP. ...

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