Centralisation of power in Turkey: Is it sustainable?

Centralisation of power in Turkey: Is it sustainable?

Monday, 12 November 2018 - 5:00pm
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Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Charles Enoch (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Mehmet Karli (Centre for International Studies, Oxford; (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Chair: 
David Madden (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not only retained the presidency until at least 2023, he has strengthened it. New powers approved in a 2017 referendum will now come into force, transforming what had been a ceremonial role into the key executive role in this Nato member country. He won 52.5% of the vote and avoided the risk of a run-off vote, shrugging off a faltering economy. For the first time, Turks voted for a new parliament on the same day - and handed the president's Islamist-rooted AK party a majority through its alliance with a nationalist ally. His main opponent has warned of Turkey becoming a "one-man regime".

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