04/14/2014 05:32 pm ET Updated Jun 14, 2014

Turkey's Electoral Dictatorship

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From Project Syndicate

If there is a silver lining in Erdoğan's transformation of Turkey, in barely three years, from a model for liberalizing Arab countries to a dictatorship resembling those overthrown in Egypt and Tunisia., it is that many Turks have a clearer understanding that liberal democracy requires sustainable checks and balances. Those who participated in ending the military's role as a political guardian now recognize that Turkey needs new institutions to protect basic freedoms and ensure limited government.

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