Turkey's Elections Give Erdogan Even More Control

Jun 25, 2018 | 21:17 GMT
In this photograph, Turks celebrate with a poster of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside his party headquarters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.
People celebrate outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Turkish High Electoral Board has yet to issue the official results, but the June 24 national elections for all intents and purposes are over, and incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan has secured another five-year term as president. With his victory, Erdogan can remain president for an additional two terms, until 2028. And he may even follow Russian President Vladimir Putin's model and swap in a loyalist for a single presidential term before running again in 2033 or beyond....

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