From Turkey to Thailand and elsewhere where political legitimacy derives from electoral democracy, the relationship between majority rule and minority rights has become problematic and in need of recalibration. If a more effective majoring-minority moving balance is not found, electoral democracy is likely to be discredited and undermined to the detriment of societies it was cultivated and designed to govern.
A protester balances on top of a pole wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and waving a Turkish flag with a Mustafa Kemal Ataturk portrait on it during an anti-government demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. EPA/KERIM OKTEN
Alternative forms of political legitimacy, such as China's one-party rule without popular polls, would then gain at the expense of the one-person, one-vote system.
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