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As Opposition Builds, Turkey's Erdogan Grasps at Straws

Jul 26, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Protesters rally in front of Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul on July 18, 2019, in support of Canan Kaftancioglu, a local opposition party leader who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Protesters rally in front of Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul on July 18, 2019, in support of Canan Kaftancioglu, a local opposition party leader who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017.

(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey's president has a tried-and-tested formula for dealing with challenges to his rule. Whether it will succeed against a new threat to his dominance is another question....

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