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Turkey’s grim prospects

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20.03.2017
I do not agree with the many critics of Turkey that the danger facing the country is dictatorial rule.

Nevertheless, I don’t have good news either. I think that we should consider the worse scenario that Turkey could slide into chaos regardless of the result of the referendum.

First of all, it seems that the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) will do everything to ensure a result in favor of “yes.” Even if the majority still votes for “no,” I don’t think the current government will take it easily. I have no idea what will follow in that case, but I am sure that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has a contingency plan like calling for new elections, since the referendum is considered a milestone of the New Turkey project rather than an ordinary poll. Besides, we know what happened when the governing party lost its majority in the June 2015 elections.

If the majority votes for “yes,” it may seem that it will be a problem only for the opposition, since the president and his supporters will win the day and live happily ever after. Indeed, it seems that there will be nothing to stop the........

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