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Alienated Turkish voters clip Erdogan's wingsHe sits in his newly built thousand-room "White Palace," his plans for a powerful presidency all but ready; but in the very hour that should have seen his final triumph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's star appears to be waning.If one sentiment united the country's disparate opposition parties after Sunday's parliamentary elections, it was this: a resounding "no" to Erdogan's drive to transform the country's political landscape in search of what he sees as a new Turkey.Erdogan, 61, stepped down after over a decade as prime minister last August to take up a largely figurehead presidency he planned to convert into a powerful executive post.Erdogan forged the AK Party as Turkey slid into financial crisis in 2001 .If the AK Party is forced to, or able to, form a coalition, the junior partner may well refuse the long trek to the presidential palace, built at a cost of some $500 million, to hold Cabinet meetings under Erdogan.
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