The most pivotal elections in modern Turkish history are taking place June 24th. If Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins, the once ceremonial position of president will become the formal nexus of political power. The vote comes as Turkey is under a state of emergency and Erdogan is cracking down on opposition news sources, making the country the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. A poll commissioned by Bloomberg shows the election could go down to the wire. This is the story of how Erdogan has tightened his grip as part of a years-long drive to transform Turkey.
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