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Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn’t deserve the laments it’s recently received.

  • Steven A. Cook
  • FP

Last week, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council annulled Istanbul’s recent mayoral election, triggering many analysts and journalists to declare the end of Turkish democracy.

But these pronouncements fail to reckon with a basic historical question: How could something end that never was?

Over the years, it has become an accepted fact that the founding of Turkey’s Democratic Party in 1946 not only ushered in …

Turkish Democracy Can’t…

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