Middle East

Turkey's Last Shreds of Balance Are Disappearing

Impending ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu completes purge of governing A-team.

Loyal, but not enough.

Photograph: ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

In the beginning, nearly 14 years ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose a team of smart and qualified people to run Turkey with him. He now appears set to force out one of the last of that group -- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- and replace him with someone more pliant. This is disastrous for Turkey, as financial markets have recognized.

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