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How Turkish Politics Are Built

Mar 28, 2014 | 13:26 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd during an election rally in Ankara on March 22.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd during an election rally in Ankara on March 22.
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There was a time when the construction cranes dotting the Istanbul skyline seemed a sign of Turkey's economic promise. But in the tumultuous weeks leading up to Turkey's pivotal municipal elections, the same blueprints and construction tenders that were once so widely celebrated have become ammunition for the country's rival political forces. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the latest Turkish politician to use construction projects to create a power network -- and to see that network threatened by corruption scandals....

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