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A Summer of Discontent Awaits Turkey

Sinan Ciddi
Board of Contributors
May 3, 2019 | 16:42 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a campaign rally for the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara on March 28, 2019.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a campaign rally for the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara on March 28. Divisions within the party have become apparent since it lost several key municipal elections on March 31.

(ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Although Turkey's local elections may be over, defeats suffered by the governing Justice and Development Party clearly show weakening confidence on the part of voters toward both the party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sensing these weaknesses, divisions within the ruling party are emerging as Erdogan grapples with how to consolidate his base of power domestically, as well as contemplates how to overcome pressing economic and foreign policy concerns....

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