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What Washington doesn’t expect from Turkey’s snap elections

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It is difficult to say that the process leading up to Turkey’s snap elections on June 24 have received tremendous attention in the U.S. capital. The lack of greater enthusiasm in Washington for the Turkish election process has to do with the perception of most policymakers that the election will not drastically change the political status quo in Ankara.

Both the administration and Turkey watchers in the think-tank community believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will win his long-term goal - the executive presidency- in the second round if not in the first round. Scenarios for Erdoğan’s first round win are generally discussed, together with whether the elections will be conducted in a fair fashion. The Washington community does not exclude the possibility of certain amount of rigging in the election, which they regard as a matter of life or death for the country’s current leader.

Although many in U.S. policy circles believe the opposition bloc has a chance to get a majority in the Turkish Parliament, which has been dominated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for the last 16 years, they are not convinced that this would mean much in a system where........

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