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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a  meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised a decision to repeat Istanbul’s mayoral election, which his party narrowly lost, saying a rerun would (...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  greets supporters: his victory would usher in a new executive presidency in which the role of prime minister would be abolished. Photograph:  Srdjan Suki/EPA

Anyone driving the streets, highways and byways of Istanbul in recent days would be led to believe there’s just one candidate standing in Turkey’s pre(...)

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan can claim credit for an economic boom while neutralising political opponents and taking a final step towards his long-cherished executive presidency. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized the moment to tighten his authoritarian grip on a divided (...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Wednesday, as he announced snap elections. Photograph: EPA/Turkish presidental press office

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called snap elections, bringing Turkey’s parliamentary and presidential polls forward by more than a year as concerns grow ab(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (centre) attends Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development  Party’s provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on March 30th. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

As Donald Trump has his tweets, the leader of Turkey has his speeches. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes up to three every weekday – two a day on w(...)