How Erdoğan torpedoes his rule

Abdullah Ayasun
5 min readDec 17, 2021
Then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after the outbreak of a graft investigation that incriminated his four ministers and close associates. (Photo Credit: AFP, Getty Images)

The fast-moving corruption investigation that has encircled Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has left people wondering whether the prime minister can weather the biggest challenge to his decade-old rule. The bleak picture defies optimism and bodes ill for economic and political stability, with Erdoğan now preoccupied with political survival and seemingly as determined as ever to fight to the end.

Abdullah Ayasun

New York-based journalist and writer. Columbia School of Journalism. 2023 White House Correspondents' Association Scholar. Twitter: @abyasun