Country Forecast Turkey Updater

  • ID: 2105426
  • April 2016
  • Region: Turkey
  • 18 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Following a campaign marred by violence, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a landslide victory in the general election on November 1st, restoring the parliamentary majority that it had lost in the inconclusive June election. The result ended months of uncertainty about government formation and confirmed the political dominance both of the AKP and its de facto leader, the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, until at least the next presidential election, in 2019.

The Economist Intelligence Unit does not expect the new AKP government to be able to restore stability during the forecast period. Months of violence and uncertainty have left Turkey more deeply polarised than before. We expect Mr Erdogan to ignore the constitutional limitations on the presidency's exercise of power to maintain his grip on the government and his party. We also expect him to continue to clamp down on dissent, notably in the media, and to continue to use military force to tackle the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rather than seek to revive peace talks.

The main threats to stability will stem from the country's south-east, where there has been an upsurge in violence, and Turkey's policy towards Syria. The resumption of armed conflict between the Turkish military and the outlawed PKK has coincided with increasing spillover into Turkey of the conflict in neighbouring Syria and an escalation of tensions with Russia concerning its involvement in the conflict on the side of Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.

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Country Forecast Turkey Updater

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Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

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