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Will Turkey's multibillion-dollar earthquake fund help reelect Erdogan?

Turkey's president has pledged to rebuild the earthquake-hit regions within a year, hoping that the ambitious plan will help him win over disenchanted disaster victims.
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Turkey will soon set up a multibillion-dollar fund to rebuild vast areas ravaged by two massive earthquakes last month as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to atone for his government’s much-criticized response to the disaster, with crucial elections just two months away.

A bill to set up a disaster reconstruction fund made it through the parliament’s planning and budget commission on Thursday and is expected to be passed by the general assembly within days. 

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