November 13, 2015 Issue

In Focus


Konya, Turkey—Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu takes a selfie during a rally of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) here on October 30, the day before Turkish voters went to the polls for a parliamentary vote. By Monday, it was clear the AKP had won back the majority it lost in June, gaining 316 seats in parliament. That’s just shy of the 330 seats needed to change the constitution to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power by changing to a system with an executive presidency. Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism has alarmed human rights and press freedom advocates, who say he is using the power to crack down on dissent and control the judiciary and media.
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