Turkey’s Erdogan tightens his grip on power

May 5, 2016 4:58 PM

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Turkey’s Erdogan tightens his grip on power

For some time, it was in vogue to liken the relationship between Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the country's powerful President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to that of Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and his swaggering boss, President Vladimir Putin. Like Medvedev, Davutoglu was said to be the pliant lieutenant of an authoritarian strongman, one whose cult of personality guaranteed both their political careers.

Turkey, for all its woes, has a far more robust democratic system than Russia. Davutoglu's departure on Thursday from his post at the head of Turkey's government is a sign of clear differences between him and Erdogan over the direction of their country's politics. It's also possibly an indication of...

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