Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (on banner), unfurl his image as he gives his speech presenting his People's Alliance election strategy in Istanbul on May 6, 2018. AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday promised new military operations against Kurdish militants along its border in Syria and Iraq as he presented his election manifesto.Speaking before thousands of supporters in Istanbul Sunday, Erdogan described next month's snap presidential and parliamentary polls as a "milestone" for a strong Turkey.Erdogan called elections more than a year earlier than planned for June 24 – a move analysts say partly aims to capitalize on nationalist sentiment running high following a successful campaign that ousted Syrian Kurdish militias from the Syrian border enclave of Afrin.Muharrem Ince, the presidential hopeful nominated by Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party to run against Erdogan in the presidential race, threatened to hold campaign events in front of television stations to protest the scarce media coverage of his initial election rally.With Turkey's media largely controlled by the government or owned by businesses close to Erdogan, opposition parties complain of an uneven playing field.
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