Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won a fourth term in office in Turkey’s November 1 general election and has put behind it the losses suffered in the inconclusive June 7 poll. It is an astonishing turn around. In securing 49 percent of the vote, the party managed to increase its majority by nine percent in just five months. None of the polls predicted the result, and once again, Erdoğan and the AKP have confounded their critics at home and around the world.
November 2, 2015