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In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic.On July 9, after walking for 25 days from the capital, Ankara, Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, urged supporters to resist the decline in democratic freedoms.The question now is whether Turkey's divided political opposition can move beyond rhetoric, and mount a meaningful, unified challenge to Erdogan's political hegemony.TheIn Turkey's constrained political environment, and with a popular if polarizing president still at the helm, opposition leaders will face a difficult struggle to maintain the momentum they have established.According to a survey published by Research Istanbul on the day of the rally, support for the march was 43 percent, which is about 17 percentage points higher than the CHP's approval ratings.It is too early to speculate whether Kilicdaroglu's march will have a lasting impact on Turkey's political direction.
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