Analogy may be the bane of analysis, but folks–I just can’t help myself. Consider Sunday’s landmark Turkish elections, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) were delivered a spanking from a Turkish electorate who were supposed to cow to his dictatorial tendencies by handing over a fourth consecutive parliamentary majority. It didn’t quite happen like that, which doesn’t mean that Erdogan and the AKP are finished, but it does mean their power has been curtailed. Lessons for South Africa as we hurtle toward 2019? Why, certainly. By RICHARD POPLAK.
When I first visited Istanbul in 1993, the city was in a protracted state of terror. A young Islamist politician named Recep Tayyip Erdogan looked set to become the next mayor of a sprawling, ungovernable metropolis that was, at the time, stuck halfway between the Dark Ages and the nineteenth century. The not-unbearable pong of the Ottoman Empire still clung to the place, and it was comfortably uncomfortable living inside the Sick Man of Europe’s carcass. The bottomless glasses of arak and endless discount mezze plates helped.
The fear at the time was understandable: Erdogan had grown up rough in the city’s Kasimpasa ‘hood he…
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