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Election campaigning comes to a close in Turkey

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Election campaigning comes to a close in Turkey


Turkey’s prime minister has turned up the heat on his rivals as campaigning comes to a close ahead of elections on Sunday.

Opinion polls indicate Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, which has Islamic roots but secular policies, will be kept in office for a third straight term.

The centre-left Republican People’s Party, the CHP, is likely to be the next biggest party in parliament.

But observers say it seems stuck in the shadow of a ruling party that has overseen the most stable and prosperous period of Turkey’s history.

The far-right MHP has been rocked by the resignation of 10 leading members in a scandal over allegations of extra-marital affairs caught on film. It is expected to win seats in parliament, though.

The AKP is hoping to introduce a new constitution to replace a charter drafted after a 1980 military coup. But it will need a sizeable victory this weekend to make that possible.

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