August 15, 2014

After Erdogan, Turkey Will Be Liberal

Soner Cagaptay, New York Times

The Associated Press

Despite Mr. Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s vote, his era may actually be coming to an end. Just as he once rode to power on a wave of conservative Islamist sentiment as formerly marginalized Turks found their political voice, the next great wave in Turkish politics will be a liberal one. Even after dominating the airwaves during the campaign, Mr. Erdogan eked out only 52 percent of the vote, a similar result to his past victories. His support appears to have peaked.

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TAGGED: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, AKP

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