Good news out of Turkey – for now.
In a stunning development, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing Justice & Development Party has lost its majority in the Turkish parliament. Erdogan had sought a two-thirds majority in order to change the country’s constitution to become a presidential republic and give himself more power.
It proved to be a bridge too far for many Turks who turned to the newfound People’s Democratic Party. Amazingly, the People’s Democratic Party is Kurdish and yet it drew broad support from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
For his part, Erdogan has ceded that no party can govern alone.
But has Erdogan really learned a lesson in humility? Given that Erdogan sought to expand his powers, I find it hard to believe he still doesn’t want to expand them.
If a governing coalition cannot be cobbled together then it will likely force new elections. In which case, Erdogan will have another opportunity to consolidate power and don’t think for a moment that he won’t seize the opportunity by hook or by crook.