Missed Chance to 'End Dictatorship' as Erdoğan Claims Victory in Turkey

Amid the backdrop of intensifying war in neighboring Syria and increasing political tensions internally, voters in Turkey devastated the hopes of moderate and progressive reformers—some of whom clashed with riot police on Sunday—as news spread the nation’s much-maligned rightwing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had reclaimed power as his Justice and Development Party (AKP) had received enough support to re-establish single-party control over the government.

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As the Guardian reports:

Sunday’s unexpected results in Turkey will be viewed as devastating for Erdoğan’s numerous critics and as Reuters notes, the “results could aggravate deep splits” within the country. According to VICE News:

“I’m horrified. I don’t want to live in this country anymore because I don’t know what is awaiting us,” Guner Soganci, a 26-year-old waitress in Istanbul, told Agence France-Presse in the wake of the results. “We missed our only chance to end Erdogan’s dictatorship.”