Erdogan tried to make local Turkish elections about national security, but it didn’t work

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Votes are still being counted in local elections that took place across Turkey on Sunday, but so far it appears that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s party has lost key cities and towns.

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That includes the Turkish capital Ankara, which has been run by Islamist mayors for the last 25 years.

When Erdoğan won Turkey’s presidential election in June last year, he effectively became an autocrat with few checks and balances.

Since then, parliament has lost its significance and Erdoğan can now rule by decree.

Although these elections were not free and fair (there were allegations of vote rigging), they are seen by some as a…

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