Given concerns that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming the Vladimir Putin of Turkey, it is likely just as well that his party failed to win a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections yesterday, thus forcing Erdogan to have to seek support from other political parties in order to implement any constitutional reforms. It would be reassuring if–as Erdogan’s allies insist–any constitutional reforms will include greater protections for minority groups like the Kurds, but since no one knows what the reforms will entail, the fact that other parties can act as something of a check on Erdogan is a welcome development.
Equally welcome would be deeds–not just words–indicating that Erdogan will behave democratically. It also would be nice if he stopped demagoguing when it comes to everything relating to Israel. But we will have to wait and see whether Erdogan will behave reasonably on these and other fronts, and the longer we have to wait, the less we can believe that he will behave reasonably.