Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine greet the crowd during an election rally in Kirikkale, central Turkey March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday he was ready to step down if his ruling party, in power since 2002, loses key local elections later this month.Opinion polls show the scandal is hurting Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), which weathered mass street protests mid last year.Erdogan has come under increased pressure since last week, when audio tapes leaked online put him at the heart of the corruption allegations.Erdogan denounced them as fakes, part of a "vile attack" by his political rivals ahead of this year's elections.In remarks published in local media Wednesday, Erdogan vowed to take action against the Gulen group after the elections.
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