With municipal elections on the horizon, Turks are likely to note that imprisoning the opposition hasn’t exactly raised living standards.
- Conn Hallinan
- Foreign Policy In Focus
“Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.”
The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan — made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul — sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey’s authoritarian president.
As Turkey gears up for municipal elections on March 31, it is a prophecy Erdogan has more than fulfilled: the prisons filled with the opposition, the media largely silenced, the…