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Divisive Erdogan likely to win Turkey's first direct presidential vote
Divisive Erdogan likely to win Turkey's first direct presidential vote

In spite of scandal, protest and controversy that have dogged his dozen years as Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to win the nation's first direct presidential election on Sunday. And the 60-year-old Islamist has made no secret of his intent to transform the mostly symbolic office into the true center of power in the country of 76 million. Erdogan, through the Justice and Development Party he heads, has already tried and failed to enhance the authority of the presidency that he has unabashedly aspired to for the last few years. "A president elected by the people cannot be like the previous ones. As the head of the executive, the president uses all...

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