President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Erdoğan the Magnificent

With his reelection as president under a new constitution, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become Turkey’s most powerful leader since the country began to hold contested elections in the years immediately following World War II. But two practical considerations will constrain how Erdoğan uses his impressive set of new prerogatives.

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has now fulfilled his ultimate political objective of being the country’s first ever popularly elected executive president, receiving almost 53% of the national vote in Sunday’s election. A year ago, Erdoğan pushed through constitutional amendments to transform Turkey’s parliamentary democracy into a highly centralized presidential system. Now those amendments will come fully into force.