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Jun 19, 2015

Closed circle, oversized ambition fueled Erdogan miscalculation

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Hovering in his helicopter over a packed parade ground, its perimeter fences brought down to let in thousands more supporters, Tayyip Erdogan seemed at the height of his powers ahead of his election as Turkey’s president last August.

Sweeping to victory with 52 percent of the vote, he became the country’s first popularly elected head of state after almost 12 years as prime minister, taking up a largely figurehead role he planned to convert into a powerful executive post.

Jun 15, 2015

Turkey seeks progress on more focused, inclusive G20 growth plan

BODRUM, Turkey (Reuters) – The world’s leading economies have narrowed down their commitments to boost global growth under a G20 plan and should be able to demonstrate progress by the end of Turkey’s G20 presidency this year, a senior Turkish official said on Monday.

The Group of 20 agreed in Brisbane last year to launch new measures to raise their collective gross domestic product growth and create millions of new jobs over the next five years.

Jun 12, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan, master tactician, seen angling for new election

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan’s statesmanlike appeals for Turkey’s rival parties to leave egos aside and form a new government may suggest the combative leader has turned over a new leaf, but even those close to him wonder how long it will last.

A masterful tactician who has built a career on playing the political underdog, Erdogan is in a tight corner after the AK Party he founded lost its parliamentary majority on Sunday, thwarting for now his ambition of accumulating greater powers.

Jun 11, 2015

Striking conciliatory note, Turkey’s Erdogan urges new government quickly

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkey’s political parties to work quickly to form a new government on Thursday, saying egos should be left aside and that history would judge anyone who stood in the way.

In his first public appearance since Sunday’s parliamentary election deprived the ruling AK Party of a majority, Erdogan said his own role as Turkey’s first elected president was critical and that he would play his part with the powers given to him by the constitution.

Jun 11, 2015

Striking conciliatory note, Turkey’s Erdogan urges new govt quickly

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkey’s political parties to work quickly to form a new government on Thursday, saying egos should be left aside and that history would judge anyone who stood in the way.

In his first public appearance since Sunday’s parliamentary election deprived the ruling AK Party of a majority, Erdogan said his own role as Turkey’s first elected president was critical and that he would play his part with the powers given to him by the constitution.

Jun 8, 2015

Down but not out: Turkish voters clip Erdogan’s wings

ANKARA (Reuters) – He sits in his newly-built thousand-room “White Palace”, his plans for a powerful presidency all but ready; but in the very hour that should have seen his final triumph, Tayyip Erdogan’s star appears to be waning.

If one sentiment united the country’s disparate opposition parties after Sunday’s parliamentary election, it was this: a resounding “no” to Erdogan’s drive to transform the country’s political landscape in search of what he sees as a new Turkey.

Jun 8, 2015

Kurdish party thwarts Erdogan’s ambitions with Turkish election advance

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of assuming greater powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time.

Erdogan, Turkey’s most popular modern leader but also its most divisive, had hoped a crushing victory for the AKP would allow it to change the constitution and create a more powerful U.S.-style presidency. To do that, it would have needed to win two-thirds of the seats in parliament.

May 27, 2015

Erdogan’s war on critical media heats up ahead of Turkish election

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A veteran U.S. journalist and author said on Wednesday President Tayyip Erdogan had blocked his honorary citizenship and declared him an enemy of the state, as the Turkish leader’s war on critical media intensifies ahead of a June election.

In what opponents see as part of a campaign to muzzle dissent, Erdogan has berated news outlets including the New York Times and Turkish daily Hurriyet in recent days, while a prosecutor this month sought to shut two TV stations, seen as opposed to the government, on terrorism-related charges.

May 26, 2015

Insight – Erdogan’s ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s general election looks likely to push Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of an all-powerful presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to maintain his dominance.

Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before the June 7 parliamentary vote in a sign of how much he has riding on the outcome.

May 26, 2015

Erdogan’s ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

ISTANBUL, May 26 (Reuters) – Turkey’s general election looks
likely to push Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of an all-powerful
presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of
turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to
maintain his dominance.

Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of
state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before
the June 7 parliamentary vote in a sign of how much he has
riding on the outcome.

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