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Turkey's rush to the polls: Erdogan calls snap election to cement his power

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he's bringing forward the elections - his aim is to cement his hold on power. His ambition is to become an executive president. Erdogan's critics say this is a term that merely dresses up the basic role of a dictator: the same man hires, fires and decides. Supporters of Erdogan perhaps see no problem - but international observers share the concern of those inside Turkey who are already under pressure because they disagree with the government.

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Produced by Yi SONG, Tommaso MAZZANTI and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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