Aug 8, 2014

Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

Turkey's gearing up for its first presidential election, but Turkish commentator Okan Altiparmak has doubts about how democratic it will really be.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

Turkey heads to the polls on Sunday to popularly elect a president for the first time. It’s an important moment in the country’s democratic history.

Or at least it would be were the election’s presumptive winner — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) — not showing ever more troubling signs of moving towards a political model best described as one-man rule.

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One thought on “Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

  1. Coaltopia

    Hopefully Erdogan and his pro-coal views are put aside. It’s unthinkable that a developed NATO country such as Turkey could be adding 37,000 MW of coal to their grid. And how many more lives will be lost?

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