Turkey’s Nationalists Could Hold The Future of the Country in Their Hands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Devlet Bahceli, the leader of opposition Nationalist Movement Party, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 3, 2016 (AP photo by Kayhan Ozer).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Devlet Bahceli, the leader of opposition Nationalist Movement Party, Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 3, 2016 (AP photo by Kayhan Ozer).
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On April 16, Turks are set to vote “yes” or “no” on a package of 18 constitutional reforms that would abolish the current parliamentary system of government in favor of a strong executive presidency. The only politician who stands to gain more from the reforms’ passage than President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—who sees them as the flagship project of his political career—is Davlet Bahceli, the long-time leader of the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP. Bahceli has decided to throw his full support behind Erdogan and the “yes” campaign. Indeed, without his support, Erdogan’s allies in parliament from his Justice and […]

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