“Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have serenaded his supporters by singing off-key after his victory – but he is pitch perfect when it comes to fighting elections.
“He read the electorate better than the pollsters and analysts, who suggested he could be beaten by the opposition. Well, not this time.
“His opponent – Kemal Kilicdaroglu – was just four percentage points behind him. No doubt President Erdogan will be reflecting on that as he starts his third term in office.
“This strategic Nato nation has chosen its path, most voters opting for a seasoned autocrat rather than an untested democrat in the form of Mr Kilicdaroglu.
“The opposition leader ran his campaign as Mr Nice Guy, initially promising a new spring for Turkey. He later swerved right, vowing to send all refugees home. That won his some extra support from nationalists, but not enough.”
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