Nathaniel Handy is a writer and academic with over ten years of experience in international print and broadcast media. He has published many scholarly articles on the evolution of Turkey’s political structure. Nathaniel is also the author of the chapter “Turkey’s Evolving Relations with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq since the Arab Spring” in Turkey’s Relations with the Middle East: Political Encounters after the Arab Spring (Isiksal & Goksel, Springer, 2018). He holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.
Hereditary rule removes the notion of someone having more merit than someone else, so problematic to our tastes. In doing so, it ironically allows monarchy a backdoor into the meritocratic, democratic age.
The first round of Turkey’s presidential election is set to begin shortly. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current president, has been in power for 20 years. Despite the opposition's attempt to unite to fight the ruling party, it will not be enough to end Erdoğan’s reign.
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