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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 June 2018

Turkey's 'strongman' Erdogan tightens grip on state power

London protests 8 June 2013 in support of the Mass movement in Turkey which challenged Erdogan's authoritarian government , photo Paul Mattsson

London protests 8 June 2013 in support of the Mass movement in Turkey which challenged Erdogan's authoritarian government , photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Turkey's right-wing president Recep Erdogan has tightened his grip on state power following snap elections carried out under a continuing state of emergency.

New powers conferred on the presidency in last year's narrowly won referendum will mean a strengthening of his authoritarian rule.

In addition to the electoral process being manipulated and fraudulent, the absence of a credible alternative ensured Erdogan's victory.

His AKP party and its far-right MHP ally also secured a parliamentary majority. However, the left and pro-Kurdish party HDP (People's Democratic Party), despite heavy state repression (its presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş, is in jail awaiting trial on trumped-up charges) achieved the 10% voter threshold with 12%.

Electoral victory will not mean plain sailing for Erdogan as Turkey's capitalist economy is already on the rocks.

This will exacerbate the country's social problems and, at some stage, provoke a working class response.

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