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In Turkey, a Surprise Win for the Ruling Party

Nov 2, 2015 | 06:14 GMT
Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) celebrate in Istanbul
Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) celebrate in Istanbul after the first results in the country's general election on Nov. 1.
(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Now that the ruling party has enough seats to forego messy coalition talks and form a government on its own, some sense of normalcy will return to Turkey as the financial markets internalize an end to the country's political limbo. That said, economic conditions remain stagnant, and the country remains highly vulnerable to attacks by Kurdish militants, jihadists and left-wing radicals. And even as the AKP can be expected to move forward with Erdogan's efforts to enhance his executive power, those plans will likely be kept in check by the party's lack of the supermajority needed to unilaterally overhaul the political system....

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