Turkey votes in crunch test for Erdogan


ISTANBUL: Turks vote Sunday in the most-closely fought legislative elections since the Islamic-rooted ruling party came to power over a decade ago, in a crucial test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan for a new constitution to give him greater powers. The election is taking place under the shadow of violence after two people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on a rally of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Friday. Opinion polls predict that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) co-founded by Erdogan will again win the most votes, but its share could be sharply down on the almost 50 percent it gained in the last such vote in 2011.



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