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A year and a half ago in Inroads, Ilter Turan asked whether Turkey is “moving toward electoral authoritarianism.”1 The answer came in the results of parliamentary and presidential elections held on June 24, 2018, which resulted in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s reelection as head of state, defeating four other candidates. The elections gave Erdoğan the powers of a much-strengthened executive presidency, and his Justice and Development Party (AKP, according to its Turkish acronym), combined with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a majority in parliament. In this article, I look at these developments and their implications in the context of a deteriorating economy and growing opposition.

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