Following the June 2011 elections, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stands as the most successful prime minister in Turkey’s history after winning, since 2002, a third successive victory as leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). The AKP, having won 50 percent of the parliamentary vote and 326 seats in the 550-member legislature in Turkey, is poised to engage in further fundamental social, political and economic change.

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