Ankara — Turks voted on Sunday in local elections that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described as a matter of survival for Turkey and which were tarnished by violence that left two party members dead in the country’s southeast. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than 16 years thanks in part to strong economic growth, has become the country’s most popular, yet also most divisive, leader in modern history. However, he could be dealt an electoral blow with polls indicating his governing AK Party (AKP) may lose control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, the country’s largest city. With the economy contracting following a currency crisis in 2018 in which the lira lost more than 30% of its value, some voters appeared ready to punish Erdogan, who has governed with an increasingly uncompromising stance. “I was actually not going to vote today, but when I saw how much they [AKP] were flailing, I thought this might be time to land them a blow. Everyone is unhappy...

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