Turkey’s ruling Islamist-rooted party may be tipped to win Sunday’s parliamentary elections but the opposition is continuing to bring its supporters out on to the streets. In a series of demonstrations, staged ever since the election was called in May, middle class secular voters have voiced their backing of a variety of nationalist and independent parties. At the heart of the campaign is a fear that the governing AKP will push Turkey into a more Islamist-influenced state. But the government, which swept to power in 2002, denies this and prefers to point to the country’s unprecedented economic boom as the real issue. With an annual growth rate of seven percent, the AKP says its successes speak for themselves. But the oposition says the country is still split between the old and the new, with wealth being restricted to a minority.
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