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Local elections on March 30, which had a 90 percent participation rate, have been seen as a vote of confidence for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey is the successor of the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed after World War I. Military officials and political elites, who were influenced by the fascism and national socialism dominant in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, shaped the constitutional order of the young republic.Those elites had a vision for Turkey, and to create the individual and society suited to that vision, they designed a centralized constitutional order. Erdogan regarded the consolidation of democracy as a starting point for opposing the old elite.Much of Erdogan's support is a reaction to the old political elites and their allies.There are those who do not belong to the AKP's social base but have faced the consequences of the old regime's policies and support Erdogan's political stance on democratization and change. Including the Kurdish political movement, more than 80 percent of the country rejects the ideological, cultural, and political preferences of the old political elite.While the old elites have endeavored to block democratic politics, supporters of democracy have begun to question the legitimacy of the old elites.
Anti-elite sentiments have allowed Erdogan to win
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