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5/29/15

Turkey: Off The Ballot But With Much At Stake, Turkey's President Fights For More Power

Turkey's June 7 election will elect 550 members of parliament, but it's really all about one man who isn't even on the ballot: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The election could make history as Erdogan pushes for unprecedented power. Erdogan ran for president last summer, faced with the end of his three-term limit as prime minister, and now seeks to change the constitutional order. Under Erdogan's vision, his newly elected position as president, a mostly ceremonial role, would become the most powerful ruling position in Turkey.

While Erdogan is constitutionally required to remain above party politics as president, that hasn't stopped him from campaigning as if he's running for office himself. With enough votes, Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) could create a super-presidency in which he could rewrite the constitution in his favor.

Turks will take to the polls June 7 to determine their country's future. Click on link below for a breakdown of the major issues surrounding this landmark election in Turkey.

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