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Turkey's historic election could move up as Erdogan calculates

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking a favorable vote schedule as he fights to extend his 20-year rule.
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ISTANBUL — Election fever has gripped Turkey as it enters its centennial year and statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday renewed frenzied calculations over the possibility of presidential and parliamentary polls being held sooner than expected. 

The country’s 62.4 million-strong electorate is currently expected to head to the polling booths on June 18 in probably the biggest elections in recent Turkish history. At stake is whether voters decide to extend Erdogan’s authoritarian rule into a third decade or select the opposition’s yet-undetermined candidate. 

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