Yesterday brought a burst of good news from Turkey, whose democracy has seemed to be teetering on the edge of a descent into de facto strong man rule for several years. The headline news is that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party lost its majority yesterday in national parliamentary elections. They are still far and away the largest party in the parliament. But without an absolute majority they must form a coalition with other parties. In most multi-party democracies this would be in the normal course of things. But in 2015 Turkey, it is a dramatic result.
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