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An uncertain future awaits Turkey after Erdogan's presidential victory
With 52 per cent of the vote, most Turks are betting again on a strongman who rules in an authoritarian style and uses instrumentally their vote. Divisions within the opposition helped his success. Although he promises to be the president of all, he will have to deal with the economy and the demand for civil rights.
Erdogan set sights on Turkish presidency, after a campaign of insults
The electorate seems unfazed by allegations of corruption against the prime minister, his staff and family. The weak alternative of secular Kemalists, who candidate a Muslim. The novelty of a Kurdish candidate.
Erdogan’s campaign centred on Islam and nationalism
As head of state, he is constitutionally barred from party politics. However, he is holding rally after rally appealing to conservative Muslim voters. A video from the ruling party released to commemorate the conquest culminates with the Muslim call to prayer being recited from a minaret at Saint Sophia, which is now a museum.
Erdogan's mad idea for president: turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque
Made many times but never kept, the promise to reopen the Halki Theological School is another of the prime minister's mad ideas. So far, his ambitions have been hampered by his own authoritarian streak, allegations of corruption made against him, and the Gezi Park protest movement. Now Erdogan's aim is to get at least 40 per cent of the vote in next month's elections.
As presidential elections loom, Turkish police launch investigation into Gulen
The Hizmet movement of Erdogan’s great opponent is accused of working to forcibly take control of the state by distorting the existing constitutional order. Police asked to investigate if Hizmet is an armed group or had a role in a series of murders that have rocked Turkey in recent years.
Erdogan, the new caliph, frontrunner in presidential elections
The prime minister is given an edge over secular leader Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas. On Sunday if no one gets an outright absolute majority, a runoff will be held on 24 August. Many fear Turkey's islamisation and a concentration of power in the new president's hands.
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