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A look at Sunday’s local elections in Turkey


A look at Sunday's local elections in TurkeyANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is holding local elections on Sunday that are seen as a test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity amid a sharp economic downturn. Erdogan, who has not lost a vote since his party came to power in 2002, has cast the elections as a “matter of national survival” and has been campaigning for a strong mandate that he says would come as slap to Turkey’s enemies. If his party sweeps municipal seats, Erdogan’s dominance would be further solidified with his grip on the presidency, parliament and local administration. But a loss in major cities could signal a crack in his party’s long hold on power.