Contributor Perspectives

The Results of Erdogan's Re-Election

Sinan Ciddi
Board of Contributors
Jul 2, 2018 | 14:08 GMT
Pedestrians cross Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 28. The poster behind them shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a message that read:

Pedestrians cross Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 28. The poster behind them showsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a message that read: "Thank you Istanbul."

(BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

In the run-up to Turkey's recent presidential and parliamentary elections, many analysts and experts warned that the vote would be less than free and fair. Observers on the ground and international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe confirmed these suspicions. Though concrete data is elusive on how widespread and systematic the electoral abuses were, as a scholar who has studied Turkey for nearly 20 years, I see enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that the official results of the June 24 elections are questionable....

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