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Erdogan votes in crunch poll

Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 00:48

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan casts is vote in an election crucial to the trajectory of the nation and his own future. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan votes in the country's snap parliamentary election in the hope of a return to single-party rule. The vote is the second in five months, after the AK Party founded by Erdogan in June lost the single-party governing majority it has enjoyed since first coming to power in 2002. Since then, a ceasefire with Kurdish militants has collapsed into bloodshed, the war in neighbouring Syria has worsened and NATO-member Turkey has been hit by two Islamic State-linked suicide bomb attacks, killing more than 130 people. Investors and Western allies hope the vote will usher in stability and shore up confidence in the economy, allowing Ankara to play a stronger role in stemming a flood of migrants into Europe and helping in the fight against Islamic State. There has been little sign of the flags, posters and campaign buses that thronged the streets in the build-up to June's vote. But Erdogan has framed this sombre re-run as a pivotal opportunity for Turkey to return to single-party AKP rule after months of political uncertainty. The election was prompted by the AKP's inability to find a junior coalition partner after the June outcome. Erdogan's critics say it represents a gamble by the combative leader to win back enough support so the party can eventually change the constitution and give him greater presidential powers.

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Erdogan votes in crunch poll

Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 00:48