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Turkish president casts his vote in general election

Sunday, June 07, 2015 - 01:13

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote in the country's general election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turks began voting on Sunday in the closest parliamentary election in more than a decade, one that could pave the way for President Tayyip Erdogan to amass greater power or end 12 years of single-party rule for the AK Party he founded. A deadly bombing in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Friday has magnified attention on the pro-Kurdish opposition, which is trying to enter parliament as a party for the first time. Efforts to end a three-decade Kurdish insurgency as well as Erdogan's political ambitions could hinge on that party's fate. Turkey's most popular yet most divisive politician, Erdogan seeks a large majority for the ruling AK Party to boost his powers. He says a U.S.-style executive presidency is necessary to bolster the regional influence and economic advances of NATO-member Turkey.

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Turkish president casts his vote in general election

Sunday, June 07, 2015 - 01:13