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Erdogan party takes strong lead in Turkey polls

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The party of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan took a strong lead in local elections Sunday, despite turbulent months marked by mass protests, corruption scandals and Internet blocks. 

A woman greets Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives at a polling station in Istanbul on March 30, 2014 to vote in local elections

If the national trend holds up, it would considerably brighten the outlook for Erdogan, who had gone on a weeks-long campaign marathon ahead of the vote widely seen as a referendum on his 11-year-rule.

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