Thousands Across Turkey Protest Erdogan’s Autocratic Style

By Selcan Hacaoglu - 2013-06-03T10:56:39Z

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‘More Authoritarian’

He may, though, come under pressure to moderate a style of governing that has seen personal edicts, on issues ranging from the content of popular television shows to the role of parliament, transformed into proposals for new laws. Erdogan is currently seeking support for a new constitution that would allow the president to issue decrees with force of law, dissolve parliament, call elections and decide whether to use the army.

Left, an injured woman is loaded into a car as protesters clash with police in Istanbul, on June 2, 2013.

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