Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flahes four finger sign (rabia sign) on May 29, 2018 in Istanbul during an electoral meeting presentating candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections. / AFP / OZAN KOSE
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A small Turkish Islamist party is targeting religious voters it says are disenchanted by the authoritarian rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to erode his support in what may turn into a closely-fought parliamentary vote.Felicity Party leader Temel Karamollaoglu said Erdogan's party had strayed from its founding principles, and said his group was ready to capitalize on disillusioned AK Party supporters.During the 1990s Karamollaoglu and Erdogan were comrades in the Welfare Party, which formed Turkey's first Islamist government but was toppled in 1997 and later banned.The softly spoken, 77-year-old Karamollaoglu, who is also running for president, criticized the rhetoric used by Erdogan and his main challengers, saying that in Erdogan's case it had lost its appeal.In the presidential vote, it put Erdogan at 51.4 percent.
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