Turkey’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

The Progressive May 13, 2016
   Turkey’s march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Though constitutionally the Turkish prime minister wields executive authority and the president is largely a figurehead, Erdogan—who served as prime minister for eleven years before term limits forced him to step down in 2014—appears to still be in charge. And he is becoming ever more autocratic.