Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, with his ballot papers at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Erdogan has a central role in Turkey's local elections ... more 
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, with his ballot papers at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Erdogan has a central role in Turkey's local elections Sunday even though his name won't be on the ballots. The elections are widely seen as a referendum on Erdogan's tumultuous rule of more than a decade, and the prime minister has been campaigning as if his own career were on the line. High-profile races for mayor of Istanbul and Ankara with incumbents from Erdogan's Justice or Development Party, better known by its Turkish acronym AKP, will be watched closely for signs of whether his influence is waning. The Turkish elections board says more than 50 million people are eligible to vote. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) less 
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