Turkey's Municipal Elections: Setting the Stage for Upcoming Elections

Those who expected municipal elections to give Turkey a respite from the draining tensions and polarization that have marked the last three months have been proven wrong. Dead wrong. The long anticipated victory speech by Prime Minister Erdogan in which much of this hope was vested turned out to be a declaration for the continuation of the war he is waging against the Gülen movement. The movement and its adherents were not the only targets of the Prime Minister's anger and derision though. Turkey is now a country in which the executive branch considers any institution that tries to put a check on its actions illegitimate.

Paper produced within the framework of the project Turkey, Europe and the World.

Roma, Istituto affari internazionali, April 2014, 3 p.
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