Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins re-election, raising concerns for the country’s democracy and global role.
Election results: Erdogan won 52.14% of the vote while his opponent, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, received 47.86% of the vote.
* Erdogan claimed it was a victory not only for his party but Turkey as a whole, stating, “It is our nation that won with all of its elements. It is our democracy.”
Domestic concerns: Erdogan faces ongoing challenges, such as inflation, a sluggish response to February’s earthquakes, and allegations of consolidating one-man rule.
* Many fear that Erdogan’s win places Turkish democracy at risk, as he is seen as an authoritarian figure, jailing critics, and undermining fair elections.
International relations: Turkey is a NATO member and has played a significant role on the global stage, engaging with both East and West.
* Erdogan’s transactional approach to foreign policy is expected to continue, with political analyst Selim Koru sharing that there’s ~~”absolutely no reason to think that [Erdogan] would reverse course or soften his approach.”~~
Social impact: Erdogan’s victory has implications for refugee policy and the rights of women and LGBTQ activists.
* The President has made several comments attacking Turkey’s LGBTQ community, while Syrian refugees view his win as cause for relief.
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