Western 'concern' over Turkey vote as Erdogan consolidates rule

A Turkish man reads a newspaper in Istanbul on November 2, 2015, a day after the country's general electionTurkey’s Western allies have voiced deep concerns over media intimidation in the run-up to the election that returned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party to power. The surprise outcome of Sunday’s vote could further entrench power in the hands of Erdogan, the dominant figure in Turkish politics for more than a decade who critics warn is becoming more autocratic. In a turnaround that confounded pollsters, Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) reclaimed the majority it lost just five months ago, returning the Muslim majority country to single-party rule once more.

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