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Erdogan's win will unleash turmoil

Erdogan's win will unleash turmoil
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April 18

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has just won a referendum abolishing the office of prime minister and concentrating all power in his own hands, is not another Hitler, but he is starting to look like another Putin.

But it's still a victory, and if Mr Erdogan can go on winning elections, he could have almost absolute power in Turkey until 2029.

Now the few remaining free media outlets are under siege, civil rights are a joke, the economy has plunged into recession, and the country is at war.

He intervened in the Syrian civil war and eventually alienated the Islamic State (for whose members he once left Turkey's borders open), so now both the IS and Kurdish terrorists are attacking Turkish cities.

But he has divided the country so deeply with his determination to "re-Islamise" Turkey that an attempt to oust him, even by democratic means, could easily end in a civil war.

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