Erdogan and his incumbent party win big in Turkey

June 13, 2011

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won another term in office in Sunday's elections.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won big in Turkey's national elections this weekend. Erdogan spoke of aspirations to change the 1982 constitution during the election campaign, referring to the establishment of a presidential system. Despite gaining an absolute majority Sunday, the AKP failed to secure the two- thirds “super-majority” needed to make constitutional amendments without a coalition or referendum.

Taner Ackam, a professor of history at Clark University, dissects the election results and tells us what they mean for Turkey's future.