Politics: Turkey’s First Presidential Election

Turks voting in the country’s first direct presidential election could potentially give too much power to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. Erdogan has been an influential figure in Turkish politics for more than ten years. As the head of the Justice and Development Party, Erdogan is viewed as the man who led Turkey through economic prosperity. However, he is also seen as an autocratic, controlling figure who imposes his conservative and religious views. Critics have also expressed concerns that he is using his resources to monopolize media coverage. It is expected that Erdogan will be elected, but a runoff is also likely. Although he should have been stopped from serving another term as prime minister according to former Turkish laws, Erdogan’s government pushed for an amendment in 2007 that changed the procedure to a popular vote.

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