Is the Turkish electoral system democratic? Confused? You will be!

The prime minister seems to think that, because he was elected and re-elected, he now has the authority to override objections to, say, his plans to destroy a park or build a mosque in the center of Istanbul. The opposition calls this “majoritarianism” and argues that democracy creates an obligation for the government to consult the minority, not a license to trample it.

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But the government must change its position. It cannot hitch its legitimacy to its results at the ballot box in 2002 but then handicap its potential opponents in other elections.

By Andrew Finkel for International Herald Tribune

For full article: http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/of-the-dhondt-method-with-a-barrier/?smid=tw-share

Also see: https://translatingtaksim.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/549/ and the related articles below

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