Critics warn that it effectively represents “one-man rule,” with no state body strong enough to check Erdogan’s authority. But there does remain a sliver of hope — Erdogan’s success in the presidential race was not repeated in the parliamentary elections; he does not have full hold of parliament without relying on a precarious ally, and the opposition may still challenge him.
“Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts,” Erdogan said on television from Istanbul before heading to Ankara to address party supporters. “I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure.”
Ankara dismissed Washington’s threat of sanctions and demand to cancel the purchase of Russian-manufactured S-400 air defense systems during recent talks in Washington, at the same time expressing its readiness to take the latter’s security concerns into account, Hurriyet reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources.