How strongman Erdogan has built a 'New Turkey' in his grip


Since the re-election in June of Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan, the country has adopted a constitutional system that hands new and vast executive and legislative powers to the authoritarian head of state. Mediapart’s correspondent in Istanbul Nicolas Cheviron reports on the essential changes that spearhead the construction of Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’.

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The re-election this summer of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has driven his country into a new era. The June 24th poll, which was accompanied by legislative elections, sealed the establishment of a presidential system of government, a new pyramidical structure that was adopted last year, and which hands Erdogan sweeping powers that are well beyond those of any head of state among Western pluralist democracies.