Turks begin voting in presidential and parliamentary elections

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

June 24, 2018

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks began voting on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago.

The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule.

(Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Daren Butler)

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