Masked members of YDG-H, youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), sit next to their weapons in Silvan, near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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As efforts to form a new government flounder and Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to turn Turkey's deepest uncertainty in more than a decade to his advantage.Erdogan saw his plans to forge a presidential system akin to France or the United States derailed on June 7, when the ruling AK Party lost its majority at a parliamentary vote for the first time in more than a decade.His hopes of changing the constitution and realizing that ambition now hinge on the AK Party regaining control of parliament, a scenario made possible after efforts to agree a coalition government collapsed last week, making a snap election look almost inevitable.That, even some of those within the ruling party privately acknowledge, was the outcome Erdogan always wanted.Eager not to be seen as deal breakers, senior AK Party officials have publicly rejected the idea that Erdogan, who retains considerable power over the party apparatus, is opposed to a coalition.After more than a decade as prime minister, Erdogan won Turkey's first popular presidential election in August 2014 and has since stretched the powers of a largely ceremonial post to their limits.
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