Turkey: growing autocracy threatens a crucial country

Ahead of this week’s Turkish elections, the Guardian runs an editorial calling Erdogan an “instinctively authoritarian” president of a crucial and relatively free country in the Muslim world. The Guardian’s editorial board is hoping for Turkish opposition parties to produce a strong showing in the polls to prevent the AKP from gaining a majority large enough to deliver the constitutional changes desired by Erdogan that would create an executive presidency. Growth of the moderate wing within the AKP could also spell trouble for Erdogan’s hopes.


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