By David L. Phillips
"Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking a third consecutive term in office on May 14, 2023. Erdogan has been in power for 20 years, as prime minister from 2003-2014 and then as president. His initial reforms sought to advance Turkey’s membership negotiations with the European Union (EU), but Erdogan has since overseen considerable democratic backsliding. Erdogan cracked down on dissent, stifled the media, and dismantled democratic institutions after the alleged coup in July 2016. Economic problems and widespread corruption have defined the Turkish president’s rule."
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