Curbing creeping authoritarianism in Turkey
The victory of Turkish secular opposition candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, in the rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election in June is a rebuke to the authoritarian tendencies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his governing Islamist party. Although the election highlights the competitive nature of Turkey’s politics, the country’s democracy is not definitively back on track. Continued authoritarian behaviour by Erdoğan’s government poses challenges for both Turkish society and Western interests.
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