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Turkey’s next chapter

By Lizzie Porter

31 May 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. After a long and divisive election campaign, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been re-elected for another five-year term.

As the results poured in from Turkey’s run-off presidential vote on Sunday evening, excited supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gathered in the grey drizzle outside his party’s Istanbul office.

Among them was 38-year-old Enes Kırbacı, selling Turkish flags and banners emblazoned with a picture of the man who has led Turkey for two decades. “I come from a religious family and he [Erdoğan] prioritises religious issues. For example, the most important thing for us is building mosques,” Kırbacı says.

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