Turkey's Prime Minister and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu visits a bookstore in a part of the iconic Grand Baazar, Istanbul, June 2, 2015. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Turkey Sunday votes in legislative elections with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted ruling party facing the biggest poll challenge of its 13 years in power as it seeks a mandate to change the constitution.Erdogan, who served as premier for over a decade before becoming president in August last year, wants the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party that he co-founded to secure a two-thirds majority to change basic law and transform Turkey to a presidential system from a parliament-based one.It may also be short of the three-fifths majority (330 seats) needed to call a referendum on the issue.Several more respected surveys have shown that the AK Party is set to win far less than the 50 percent of the vote it reaped in 2011, giving it a score ranging from just under 40 percent up to 45 percent.
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