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Turkey faces scrutiny after Erdogan's 'win'

The Council of Europe’s decision to resume monitoring procedures against Turkey indicates the West's resolve not to validate Ankara's referendum results.
Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe take part in a debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler - RTS13SUB

Turkey is back on probation. That's what happens when a country behaves badly in the eyes of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

After the government's questionable conduct during the recent voter referendum on constitutional amendments, PACE passed a resolution 113-45 (with 12 abstentions) on April 25 in Strasbourg, France, to reopen monitoring procedures on Turkey that had been closed since 2004. But alleged election fraud is just the most recent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's actions to catch the council's attention. Members also cited Erdogan's iron-fisted crackdown on his opponents, journalists and human rights in general since an attempted coup in July.

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