CIPHER BRIEF REPORT – With global attention focused on the second round of Turkey’s presidential election, in which incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is locked in his most serious challenge yet, global interest is focused on a relative political outsider who could turn around a pivotal, if complicated, career. , a member of NATO.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who is seeking to end two decades of Erdogan’s rule despite earlier leads, is currently trailing in the polls ahead of Sunday’s vote. Whoever wins will ultimately guide Turkey through a period of soaring inflation, crumbling infrastructure after February’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake and increasingly strained relations with Russia, the West, the Middle East and China.
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