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What's At Stake In Turkey's Presidential Election

Current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called snap elections more than a year ahead of schedule, catching his opposition off-guard.
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What's At Stake In Turkey's Presidential Election

Turkey's election on Sunday will determine what direction the country takes under its new "executive presidency" government. 

Current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called snap elections more than a year ahead of schedule, catching his opposition off-guard. The election will also be held while the economy is still strong. It's shown recent signs of weakening.

Whoever is elected as Turkey's next president will be the first under a new system voters chose by a slim margin last year. The new model does away with the prime minister and vests more powers in the president. 

Erdoğan faces five opponents in the first round. If a candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, they'll be the next president. If not, the top two vote-getters will face each other in a runoff election. 

Turkey, founded as a secular, pro-Western democratic state, has become more and more authoritarian and Islamist under Erdoğan.