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Erdogan battles key rival in Turkey's local elections

Turks vote in municipal elections focused on President Erdogan's bid to reclaim control of Istanbul from rival Ekrem Imamoglu, who aims to reassert the opposition as a political force after bitter election defeats last year. An Imamoglu win is seen fuelling expectations of him becoming a future national leader. The results are likely to be shaped in part by economic woes driven by rampant inflation near 70%, and by Kurdish and Islamist voters weighing up the government's performance and their hopes for political change.

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