Coup or not, Turkey’s democracy is dead

A triumphant Erdogan will seize this opportunity to complete his takeover of all the major state organizations and the media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured second from left during the opening ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit May 23 in Istanbul, Turkey with his wife, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and his wife. Sooner or later he would have lost an election, writes Gwynne Dyer, but the officers who led the Turkish coup didn’t trust democracy enough to wait.UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe

PUBLISHED :Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM

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