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Turkey must rebuild democratic institutions after Erdogan's win

Ankara has unique role in global affairs, but serious reforms needed at home

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to supporters at the presidential palace in Ankara on May 29 following his reelection victory. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection in Turkey's runoff vote on May 28. Expectations for the country are high because of its unique position in an increasingly divided world. But Erdogan's authoritarian bent in recent years has raised concerns. We hope Turkey moves quickly to rebuild its domestic democratic institutions, repair its economy and mend its ties with the West.

After leading Turkey for 20 years, Erdogan has another five years left as president. He has worked to concentrate power in his hands through such measures as constitutional reforms, and has stepped up clampdowns on dissidents by intervening in the judiciary and using his influence over the media.

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