The Istanbul race is personal for Erdoğan. The result could transform Turkey
By Işıl Sarıyüce and Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
Updated 11:42 PM ET, Fri June 21, 2019
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)On a recent afternoon at a coffee house in the Istanbul neighborhood where Turkey's president grew up, Güngör Saytuğ was ruminating on his old friend's rise to power.
Decades ago, Saytuğ and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were sitting in the locker room after an amateur soccer game when Erdoğan announced out of the blue that he would someday become prime minister, and then president.
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