Emine Erdogan wife of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts her ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 12, 2011. About 52 million Turks vote In Sunday's general elections. ... more 
Emine Erdogan wife of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts her ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 12, 2011. About 52 million Turks vote In Sunday's general elections. Turkey's ruling party sought a third term in elections Sunday, aiming to build on economic and diplomatic advances in recent years as well as introduce a new constitution it says will make the country more democratic. Some 15 parties and 200 independent candidates were contesting 550 seats for four-year terms in parliament, with surveys in past weeks indicating the Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was headed for another win. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Thanassis Stavrakis
Sun, Jun 12, 2011 6:09 AM EDT