Erdogan's presidential win brings hopes and fears to Turkey

Victorious Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s first directly-elected president (photo:dpa)
Victorious Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s first directly-elected president (photo:dpa)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s new president, sealed his decisive win on promises of a strong Turkey ‘rising again from the ashes’. But his overwhelming support at the polls on August 10, 2014, has prompted fears among critics that, riding a wave of religiously conservative support, he will transform the secular republic into an increasingly authoritarian one. Prime Minister Erdogan had been favourite to win Turkey’s presidential election - the first time the choice of president had been put to the public vote.

TURKEY'S Prime Minsiter Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been elected the 12th President of the Republic of Turkey in the country's first-ever presidential election put to a popular v...

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