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Turkey’s Erdogan lays out promises to party base, but offers few details 

The president pledged a way out of the economic crisis and promised improved living standards ahead of May polls.
Turkish President and Leader of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and his wife Emine Erdogan (L) acknowledge the crowd during the unveiling of the AK Party's Election Manifesto in Ankara, Turkey on April 11, 2023.

ISTANBUL — Surrounded by the pageantry of his party, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to the stage of the Ankara Sports Hall on Tuesday to unveil candidates and a manifesto for next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections

Erdogan, who is seeking his third presidential term on May 14, stepped out with his wife Emine onto a stage backed by a dazzling display of blue LEDs and spotlights. The lightbulb symbol of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and stylized crescent-and-star logos declaring the “Century of Turkey” flanked the podium. 

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