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Turkey’s 2011 General Election – Who really “won”?

Turkey’s 2011 General Election – Who really “won”?

A guest column by Dr. Richard A. Russo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Frostburg State University, Maryland. The election: Why the world was watching This past Sunday’s national parliamentary election in Turkey was closely watched outside of the country.  Turkey’s election drew global attention because the country’s rise over the past decade has also commanded the world’s attention.  Since 2001, when Turkey suffered a deep recession prompting an IMF intervention, the country’s GDP and per capita income has nearly tripled and exports have surged from $36 billion to $114 billion.  Turkey is a member of the G-20.  In addition to its increased economic power in the global economy, Turkey’s political profile has risen as it plays a more dynamic role in...

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