Why it’s tempting to think the Istanbul revote will bring about the end of Erdogan
By Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 20, 2019
On the eve of the end-of-March Turkish local elections, bne IntelliNews asked whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could actually emerge the loser from the contest, even though by rights such an outcome should have been a dead certainty when one thinks of how badly his administration has botched Turkey’s economy. But given the democratic deconstruction of the country during Erdogan’s 17 years at the top, our reporting team has had too much experience of strange goings-on at the Turkish ballot box to think that logical assessments necessarily hold sway.
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