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Erdogan's Victory in Turkey Comes With Strings Attached

  • While he wins presidency, parliamentary majority eludes him
  • President’s party needs nationalist ally MHP to pass laws
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can thank his nationalist ally for his re-election. His reliance on the party, which shares his antagonism toward the West, didn’t end with Sunday’s win.

Erdogan secured a mandate to govern with sweeping new powers, winning an unofficial 52 percent of the vote. But his AK Party failed to win a majority in the parliamentary elections that were also held on Sunday, unexpectedly receiving 7 percentage points fewer votes than in the November 2015 balloting. That means he needs his nationalist MHP partner to push through laws.