Turkey in facts and figures

Turkish Prime Minister and Justice and Development (AK) party leader, Ahmet Davutoglu (R), and his wife Sare wave during an election campaign rally in Ankara on October 31, 2015Turkey holds a snap election on Sunday, a crucial new test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party after it lost its majority in a June vote. With a Black Sea coastline facing Russia, it has been a NATO front-line state for more than 60 years. Covering about 784,000 square kilometres (300,000 square miles), Turkey is slightly smaller than Pakistan but larger than the US state of Texas.

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