Erdogan’s personal brand has been badly tarnished by his own extravagant, nasty behaviour. An unrestrained, self-aggrandizing monomaniac who spent more than $1 billion building a palace for himself and his family, he has cracked down on politicians and journalists who oppose his caprices.
Turks nevertheless returned his party to power in a snap election just over a week ago, giving it a majority, albeit one that fell short of the margin needed to pass laws that could give his presidency far-reaching executive powers.
Erdogan may be better for Turkey than the chaos that might follow his departure. But he has created so much division himself that instead of being seen as a model for the region he is now regarded with deep suspicion.