Let's talk Turkey — Your guide to the country's pivotal 2015 elections
On Sunday, Turkey goes to the ballot box to elect 550 members of the Grand National Assembly. This includes a new prime minister and parliamentary body, and it means a lot of things for a lot of people.
If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) get their way, this election could actually lead to a constitutional rewrite, and more power for Erdogan.
Meanwhile, an opposition party Turkey has never before seen in parliament is emerging as a serious threat to the AKP reign, and a secular campaign is gaining ground among even traditionally conservative voters. Continue reading below »
All of this against a backdrop of terrifying Daesh advances in neighboring Syria, a Kurdish struggle to keep them from closing in on border towns there, and a US-led train and equip program aimed at helping Syrian rebels join the fight.
Seem like lot to take in? That’s because it is — Turkey has a pivotal role in MENA politics, and what happens on Sunday does, too. Here’s what you need to know.
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