July 20, 2018

Turkey enters new era with same strongman after Erdogan election triumph (Nbcnews)

Turkey enters new era with same strongman after Erdogan election triumph (Nbcnews)

Turkey entered a new era Monday, but with the same man in charge.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who at 64 has dominated Turkish politics for 15 years, won another five-year term in presidential elections.

With his new term come sweeping new powers under a new constitution that also weakens parliament and removes the post of prime minister. Erdogan, who critics accuse of adopting increasingly authoritarian tactics, can pick ministers and judges and could seek a further term that would keep him in charge until 2028. “One nation, one flag, one country, one state,” he shouted to cheering supporters after his victory was announced in the early hours. Read more

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