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After the coup: Turkey one year on

The country’s grimly predictable authoritarian descent continues

By Simon A Waldman  

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Depo Photos/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

The politics of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party are no mystery. They lie in the party’s very name, the Justice and Development Party (AKP). By justice, the AKP and its leaders do not really mean fairness, openness or equal treatment for all, but reshaping Turkey in the image of their conservative and pious support base. The results, as we have seen in the year following the attempted coup on 15th July 2016, are deeply troubling.

Together with Turkish journalist and…

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