Presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, center, prays after Friday prayers at historic Haci Bayram Mosque in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey's two main secular opposition parties Sunday formally backed a devout Muslim to challenge an expected bid for the presidency by the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who heads an Islamic-rooted party.The Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) submitted a joint application to parliament to nominate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, an academic and career diplomat, as their candidate in August presidential elections.Erdogan, whose ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) traces its roots to political Islam, is widely expected to be unveiled Tuesday as the AKP candidate for Turkey's first democratic presidential vote on August 10 .
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