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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after a visit to the mausoleum of Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on Republic Day in Ankara, Turkey, Oct. 29, 2015 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).

Stalemate Redux Looms for Turkey Ahead of Another Polarized Election

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Turks will head to the polls again this Sunday, Nov. 1, to vote for a new parliament, after negotiations to form a coalition government failed following an inconclusive election in June. The vote comes amid considerable unrest in Turkey: In July, a two-year cease-fire agreement between the government and the insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) collapsed, while a cell of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in southeastern Turkey has attacked several targets near the Syrian border and, recently, deeper in Turkey, including two suicide bombings that killed more than 100 people in Ankara earlier this month.

Despite this unrest, opinions polls suggest that there are very few undecided voters left in Turkey. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) remains Turkey’s most popular political party and will easily win the most seats Sunday. The main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), will once again dominate Turkey’s west coast, and the Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) is certain to retain its commanding position in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast. ...

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