This is where admiration elides into apprehension. The AKP’s reward, it now hopes, will be the chance to rewrite Turkey’s constitution
with an enhanced presidency (which Mr Erdogan is eyeing) and a diminished parliament and military. This may not be as easy as it seems. The AKP’s chances of achieving this goal are enhanced by Sunday’s vote. But half of Turkey’s voters remain opposed to the AKP, and the traditionally Kemalist army and courts are unreconciled too. The AKP’s lack of a two-thirds majority means that other parties – including the renewed Kemalist centre-left CHP, which increased its share of the vote by 5%, and the independent Kurds
– will have to be consulted. These constraints matter, not least because of Mr Erdogan’s imperious ways, which include the jailing of journalists and a punitive approach to media organisations
with the temerity to criticise him. There is much to admire, internally and internationally, about the new Turkey. But peaceful revolutions can overreach themselves too, and it is vital that Turkish society is able to place some limits around Mr Erdogan’s formidable ambitions.