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18 contenders jump into Turkey's two-horse presidential race to unseat Erdogan

While voting will be between incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan and challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu, May’s election will see a colorful assortment of would-be presidents.
Muharrem Ince.

ISTANBUL — As the run-up to the Turkish elections gathers speed, the race for president appears to be between incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who formally filed an application for his candidacy in the elections on Tuesday — and opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. 

But outside the two favorites, 18 other contenders have submitted applications to the Supreme Election Board to compete for the highest office on May 14, offering insight into aspects of Turkish politics not usually seen by outside observers. 

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