Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan (L) and Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir (R), greets his supporters during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday opened a new airport in a restive eastern province dogged by a Kurdish separatist insurgency, naming the facility for a celebrated Muslim medieval leader of Kurdish origin.Erdogan inaugurated the airport in Yuksekova in Hakkari province, close to the border with Iran and Iraq, alongside Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a joint appearance ahead of June 7 elections.Pious Muslims, Davutoglu and Erdogan frequently make use of religious rhetoric to rouse followers.The airport is the second to be opened by Davutoglu and Erdogan within days after they inaugurated Turkey's first artificial island airport on the Black Sea last week.
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