Erdogan election rival enjoys boost as candidate quits

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan faces a big challenge. Photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters© REUTERS

Ece Toksabay, in Ankara

The man challenging Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential elections this weekend received a boost yesterday when a small party candidate abruptly withdrew and a closely-watched poll gave him a more than five percentage point advantage.

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