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2017-04-20 08:36:33

Return of a dictator : Erdogan to wreak new havoc

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Erdogan said a 14 year-old suicide bomber was responsible for last weekend's explosion in Gaziantep that claimed dozens lives. Erdogan, speaking at a rally, says the city saw terror's worst when "DAESH attacked with a suicide bomber," using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group and adds that 34 children died in the attack. (Yasin Bulbul/AP/CP)

As results of Sunday’s referendum started pouring in, the opposition cried foul, alleged that the election commission had “changed the rules in the middle of the game” and demanded a recount of at least 37pc of the votes, the European Union claiming that the plebiscite was held in “an unfair environment”.

The big issue is: what next? Will the AKP’s victory heal the wounds inflicted by the July 2016 coup attempt and its aftermath, or will Mr Erdogan continue with his petulant behaviour?

Euphoric after the win, Mr Erdogan asked the opposition not to challenge the veracity of his victory, and threatened to reintroduce the death penalty — a move that could rule out Turkey’s EU membership.

Since he came to power in 2002, Mr Erdogan has some achievements to his credit, including the consolidation of civilian supremacy and a robust economic growth. But over the one and a half decades of his rule, he has gradually moved away from some fundamentals of Ataturk’s policies.

Now, He will have the power to make appointments to the Turkish higher  judiciary as well as the ability to issue decrees. Impeachment would become more difficult. Turkey is entering a new phase in its history. The hope is that the changes will result in a more stable Turkey which is able to maintain its commitment to basic democratic principles and human rights.

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