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Turkish opposition media ridicule pre-election 'bribe'

With an eye on the March elections, the Turkish government, under the lead of the Justice and Development Party, is providing citizens with relief from credit card debt — a move the opposition deems bribery.
People shop in an old bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir - RC16883D3170

ANKARA, Turkey — Opposition newspapers ridiculed the Turkish government’s plan to provide relief from credit card debt today, calling it a pre-election bribe.

Years of aggressively marketed credit have led Turks to run up debts that are reported to amount to a staggering 100 billion Turkish liras, around $18.3 billion, nationally.

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