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Turkey’s closely watched elections may stretch Erdogan’s rule or set country on new course

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By SUZAN FRASER
Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In the year in which the Turkish republic marks its centenary, the country is being closely watched to see if a united opposition can succeed in unseating an increasingly authoritarian leader in the NATO-member country. Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections, taking place on Sunday, could stretch President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule into a third decade — but they could also set the country on a new course. A six-party alliance has got behind the opposition candidate, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and polls give him a slight lead over Erdogan. But after 20 years in power, Erdogan is unlikely to go quietly.

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