Election Results Consolidate Erdogan’s Power
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  • May-June 2018
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    The election results for the parliamentary and presidential elections, held on June 24, 2018 have not thrown any surprises. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have emerged victorious with significant margins, even though Erdogan would have preferred a more thumping win. The elections that were due in November 2019 were preponed with the idea that Turkey needs a stable polity with a presidential system and that it cannot wait for another year and half to see the implementation of the shift from parliamentary to presidential system. Notably, the Turkish polity has been witness to significant polarization due to Erdogan’s alleged authoritarian behaviour and this has intensified since the failed coup of July 2016. While the president, the AKP and their supporters and allies have been harping on the idea that a presidential system will give Turkey the much needed stability, the opposition and detractors see the rise of an autocratic leader.