Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wave his portraits and Turkish and his ruling Ak Party (AKP) flags during an election rally in Antakya, in the southern border province of Hatay, March 22, 2014.(REUTERS/Ahmad Rif)
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The Turkish government's policy of keeping its border with Syria open despite the war there cost the ruling party control of the border province of Hatay in weekend local elections.In Hatay the CHP overturned an 18 percent lead for the AKP in the last local election five years ago, winning 41.2 percent of the vote to the AKP's 40.3 percent.Erdogan has backed opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and opened its border to let in 900,000 Syrian refugees, built camps to house them and gave free passage into Syria for the armed fighters.The government said it suspected Syrian involvement.
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