Saturday, June 23, 2018

Last Chance for Modern Turkey

Could Erdogan lose his snap election?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main rival in Sunday's polls on Friday challenged the Turkish strongman in a mass rally in the capital Ankara, inviting him for a television debate as a "last chance."

Muharrem Ince may only be able to force a runoff on July 8, which Erdogan may then win by hook or crook.

But it is worth it to try to stop Erdogan in this last chance to stop him from being an emperor in all but name.

At least Erdogan may have to admit that Turkey didn't gladly hand Turkey to one man.

And maybe that act of defiance will keep the flames of democracy and rule of law alive in Turkey.

UPDATE: Erdogan won outright.  Strategypage has more on this disturbing development.