Key Election in Turkey Will Decide Powers for Erdogan

Turkey’s president has done little to mask his ambition to boost his power. Since winning the presidency last summer after nearly 12 years as prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called for a stronger, executive-style presidency — a controversial ambition that voters will weigh in on when they head to the polls for parliamentary elections on Sunday. If the ruling Justice and Development Party, which supports Erdogan, wins enough of a majority at the polls, it’s expected to push through constitutional changes that will hand the president the additional powers he seeks. None of Turkey's opposition parties support a presidential system, and have raised concerns about deteriorating checks and balances. But they will have little say in the matter if the ruling party secures enough seats.



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