Erdogan: Turkey's abrasive 'Sultan'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) at a ceremony marking the 92nd anniversary of Republic Day on October 29, 2015 at the Ataturk Cultural Center in AnkaraPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose from humble beginnings to become Turkey’s most powerful politician since Ataturk, but after more than a decade at the top he is now its most divisive. Adored by his supporters as a transformative figure who modernised Turkey, his critics label him an increasingly despotic leader who harbours ambitions to establish “one-man rule”. Erdogan’s dream of expanding his powers to become a more US-style executive president was stymied at the June election when his Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its majority, ending 13 years of single party rule.

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