Turks head to polls for local elections that will serve as a referendum on premier’s rule

By Liz Sly, March 29, 2014

ISTANBUL — When Arabs rose up three years ago to demand greater freedoms, it was to the Turkey of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that many looked for inspiration, as an example of a country in which Islam and democracy could peacefully and prosperously coexist.

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