File - A money changer counts Turkish lira bills at a currency exchange office in Istanbul January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkey's lira fell to a four-month low as risk aversion over Ukraine was exacerbated by downgrade fears and government pressure for interest rate cuts, all just before Sunday's presidential election.Islamic lender Bank Asya bucked a fall in stocks, rising more than 4 percent, after Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said state-run Ziraat Bank could buy it, saying that the government wanted state-owned banks to own Islamic lenders.The Turkish lira weakened to 2.1632 against the dollar by 12:18 GMT, easing off a low of 2.1755 at which the currency was its weakest since March.
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