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Turkish Elections

Will Erdoğan's Victory Mark the Rise of Illiberal Democracy?

Ali Hakan Altinay | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
Ali Hakan Altinay

We live a world with an ever-increasing global peer review. Material or moral superiority of the West is no longer a foregone conclusion. The quicker the West sheds the illusion of the default superiority, the faster all of us can start the essential work of making liberal values relevant and compelling in a post-western world. In other words, Turkey has an Erdoğan problem, but all of us have a larger liberalism problem. This conundrum is relevant beyond Turkey. Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Hungary's Viktor Orbán and India's Narendra Modi may be manifestations of a similar phenomenon. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the liberal West told the rest of the world: "Be like us to become rich" while the 21st century is producing many illiberal ways to enrich societies.

Turks Vote In First Direct Presidential Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone towar...

Topless Activists Face Jail Time In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 06.05.2014 | World

Two members of the women's movement Femen are facing jail time in Turkey for a protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according ...

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

Municipal Elections in Turkey - Victory for Erdogan's Party

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ruled Turkey for the past 12 years, which makes him among the longest serving leaders since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

The Turkish Elections: A Pyrrhic Victory For Everyone

Cengiz Çandar | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Cengiz Çandar

As much as they were a victory for Erdogan, the latest local elections added to polarization. Against Erdogan's 45 percent stands a dedicated 55 percent who opposed him and which might block his election chances for the presidency. This suggests that the elections resuls are a "Pyrrhic victory for everyone." In a sense, Turkey as a whole has lost because it is so divided and because Erdogan's actions in the campaign tarnished Turkey's image abroad.

Topless Activists Surprise Turkish PM

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

Topless female activists were arrested after showing their disdain for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during Sunday's highly contested municipal elect...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Elections Give Boost To Controversial Leader

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- On Sunday night, well before the results of local elections here came in, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood in front of...

Turkish Polls Boost Erdogan's Presidential Hopes

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Despite allegations of corruption and concerns about authoritarianism, Turkey's local elections have given Prime Minister Rece...

Turkey's New AKP Government: Will It Move Towards a Liberal or Illiberal Democracy?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

The Turkish election results are in with few surprises but with major questions as to Turkey's political directions. What do the results betoken for the self-proclaimed model democracy in the Middle East?

What's At Stake In Turkey's Upcoming Elections?

TIME | PELIN TURGUT / ISTANBUL | Posted 08.03.2011 | World

In theory, the countdown to Turkey's June 12 elections ought to be a quiet affair. There's little doubt over who will win - polls show incumbent Prime...

Turkey's Conservative Ruling Party Set To Shine In Upcoming Elections

Economist | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks set to tighten its grip on local government in t...