In Turkey, election season is seldom quiet. Minivans draped in party colors and mounted with speakers blare party anthems and electrifying sound bites from candidates’ speeches. At mass rallies, politicians holler accusations, oaths, invectives, and promises at the top of their lungs. By the end of last year’s bruising municipal election campaign, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, had lost his voice doing just that. Yet even then, sounding as if he had inhaled a birthday party’s worth of helium balloons, he famously refused to stop talking.
The run-up to the country’s hotly contested
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