After Losing Istanbul, Erdogan's Grip on Turkey Will Never Be the Same
The National Interest -

Mohammed Ayoob

Security, Middle East

Erdogan’s days may not be numbered already but his grip on power will never be the same again.

It was some years ago that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan coined the saying “Those who win Istanbul, win Turkey.” It was based among other things on his own political trajectory. Erdogan rose to national prominence with his election in the mid-1990s as the candidate of the then Islamist party, Refaah, as mayor of Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul. His...

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