Turkey’s Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke

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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…

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