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Turkey goes to the polls

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Voting is underway in Turkey in a general election expected to return the ruling AK party for a third consecutive term.

The country has become an economic powerhouse and an influential player on the international stage since the party swept the polls in 2002.

However, the Muslim democracy is still meeting resistance to its efforts to join the European Union.

The campaign posters were covered up before voting in this nation of 74 million started, although there appears little doubt over the outcome.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will surely be returned as Prime Minister. The main question for him is will his majority be big enough for him to push through a new constitution which he says will be closer to EU standards?

The strongest challenge comes from the Republican People’s Party, the CHP. Its campaign has focused on human rights and equality.

It is predicted to pick up between 25 and 30 per cent of the vote.