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Turkey Goes To Polls In Test Of Erdogan’s Grip On Power

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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Youtube.

Turks are heading to the polls in presidential and parliamentary elections that could either solidify President Recep Tayyip Erdoganโ€™s grip on power or reveal new signs of weakness after more than 15 years of increasingly authoritarian rule.

Previously divided opposition parties have come together in a tenuous alliance in their efforts to end what they call Erdogan’s march toward “one-man rule.”

Erdogan in April declared that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held on June 24, more than a year earlier than planned, a move that could help him consolidate his power.

Turkey is shifting from a parliamentary system to a presidential one in which the president will have more authority. The changes will take effect after the elections.

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