Erdogan’s Turkey: A rule more ruthless
By David Gardner and Daniel Dombey
A decade on, the AKP government’s hold on power is ever more authoritarian
Riot police stand guard in front of an election campaign office, Turkey©Reuters
His pictures and posters are these days almost as ubiquitous as those of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founding father of the modern Turkish nation. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come to tower over the country’s political landscape. Elected last June for the third time since 2002 and with a still rising share of the vote, he is a prime minister preternaturally buoyed by the strength of his rapport with the Anatolian heartland.
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