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Monday, December 28, 2015

Why Erdoğan is like Ataturk – POLITICO

Why Erdoğan is like Ataturk

There are more than a few similarities between the two most influential modern Turks.

Nick Danforth

12/28/15, 6:00 AM CET

When President Erdoğan’s party won an unexpected and decisive victory in Turkey’s November 1 election, many surprised observers concluded that the Turkish people had voted for stability. A month later, following the downing of a Russian jet and continued killing in the country’s southeast, stability seems more elusive than ever. Yet as Erdoğan leads Turkey into turbulent waters, polls suggest that his popularity has only risen along with domestic and international tensions.

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