For the first time, Turks will separately but simultaneously elect a president and a legislature. The president will be the all-powerful master of the Executive Branch.
A divided opposition, politicized judiciary, and compliant media helps ensure Erdogan’s power remains effectively unchallenged.
There is little indication that there will be any shift in the balance of support between the AKP and other parties, barring a change in Turkey’s demographics.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is gambling that a divisive, crisis-driven strategy will win back enough votes to regain a parliamentary majority.
Under AKP rule, Turkey has been on a downward democratic trajectory, which is poised to continue if the party regains its majority in the upcoming election.
Because of Erdoğan’s ties to the AKP, critics argue that he is stalling the process in order to force a snap election and maintain the party’s grip on power.