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Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan’s political decline

Collapsing economy and handling of crisis may deal president mortal blow

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a populist juggernaut, fond of suggesting that his leadership is the only way to protect the country from enemies both real and imagined.

  • Bethan McKernan
  • The Guardian

The coronavirus pandemic, however, is an existential crisis unlike anything he has faced before.

“Erdoğan has gradually managed to reform Turkey’s constitution, consolidating power into the presidency’s hands,” said Nate Schenkkan, the director for special research at Freedom House, a US-based democracy…

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