A file photo taken on February 7, 2013 shows then Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, speaking at the end of the 12th summit of the OIC in Cairo. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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Turkey's two main opposition parties backed an Islamic-leaning intellectual Monday to challenge an expected bid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the presidency.The Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) threw their support behind Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, an experienced academic and diplomat, to run against Erdogan in Turkey's first democratic presidential vote on August 10 .Monday's announcement capped weeks of intense talks between opposition parties aimed at finding a candidate capable of challenging Erdogan, who has held power since 2003 .
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