"Ruling Party in Turkey Faces a Test
By NICHOLAS BIRCH
ISTANBUL -- Turkey's ruling party is leading most polls ahead of municipal elections this weekend, setting up the Islamist-rooted AK Party to solidify its dominance of national politics.
Most polls suggest the AK Party will win slightly more than the 47% of votes it garnered in parliamentary elections in 2007, maintaining a 26-point lead over its nearest rival, the secularist Republican People's Party, or CHP. But strong economic headwinds could mean some surprises."
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