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In Turkey, Erdogan challenger attracts solid Kurdish support, a decisive vote

Turkey’s opposition leader is likely to receive crucial Kurdish support in his bid to unseat Erdogan in the May 14 polls, but a victory for the opposition remains far from assured.
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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Turkey’s Kurds are expected to solidly support presidential contender Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the May 14 polls, a critical factor in the strongest opposition effort yet to end President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two-decade rule, pollsters say.

Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) and the joint candidate of the six-party National Alliance, is in a neck-and-neck race with Erdogan, according to opinion polls, with some surveys putting him in the lead.

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