Turkey election a high-stakes gamble for Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown no signs of rolling back on what critics see as an increasingly autocratic ruleThe opinion polls are almost unanimous, however: despite the fallout from this month’s massive Ankara bombing and the revival of the bloody Kurdish conflict, Turks are likely to vote on Sunday as they did on June 7. Riot police on Wednesday stormed television stations owned by a conglomerate accused of links to Erdogan’s arch-rival, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a move that alarmed Turkey’s allies as well as rights groups. “Will Erdogan allow power to slip from his hands?” columnist Murat Yetkin wrote in the Hurriyet Daily News.

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