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LIVE: Turkey votes November 2015

Live coverage of the voting, results, trends and reaction to Turkey's parliamentary election on 1 November 2015...

Turkey votes again

Our final predictions: slightly stronger AK Party, stronger CHP, slightly weaker nationalists, a Kurdish party in third place...

Arınç and Erdoğan: the Thatcherite rift

Bülent Arınç's comments expose more Thatcherite parallels in the Turkish prime minister's leadership...

Erdoğan’s reform: how to kill the MHP

The prime minister's proposed electoral reforms are mainly designed to destroy Turkey's nationalist party...

Lessons from the past: Turkey’s parliament could veto Syria action too

“Speaking after the government’s motion in support of military action was defeated, the prime minister said: ‘It is not right for us to make this a matter of domestic...

Would a CHP-MHP alliance work?

The Turkish left says it’s possible a deal could be struck between Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Devlet Bahçeli It is two months since the first Gezi Park protests broke out....

Erdoğan’s hidden safety net

There’s plenty of speculation out there on the implications of the last eleven days for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political future. The Economist called...

Erdoğan’s Thatcher moment?

It is hard not to be appalled by the scenes coming out of Taksim’s Gezi Park, where police have swept in yet again to try and evict demonstrators protesting the park’s...

Defining Turk: a constitutional barrier overcome?

Reverse psychology can be a wonderful thing. Just at Turkey’s prime minister again cast doubt on his country ever having a new, cross-party constitution, the commission...

Safe or stuffed? Who falls foul of AK’s three term rule

If you look at article 132 of the by-laws that govern Turkey’s ruling AK Party, you will find a clause that is sensible and democratic. It imposes a strict three term limit...