An Impending Test of the Maturity of Turkish Democracy

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In this week’s legislative elections, a few hundred thousand votes will determine whether or not Turkey’s ruling party can move forward unimpeded with the most radical change in the country’s constitutional order since the transition to multi-party democracy in 1946. Turkey combines a proportional electoral system with one of the world’s highest national thresholds. Parties must obtain at least 10 percent of the national vote in order to win the right to send representatives to parliament. As a result, only well established political parties have the ability to form parliamentary groups.

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