Turkish Opposition Parties Name Erdogan Challenger

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Six opposition parties in Turkey have united and named Kemal Kilicdaroglu as opponent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming Turkish elections on May 14.  Erdogan, who has led Turkey for the past 20 years, has faced criticism amidst economic upheaval and the way the government responded after the devastating earthquakes last month.  Kilicdaroglu, 74, has never won a national election and his candidacy was a source of contention which almost broke up the alliance before a compromise was reached.  The six parties have formed the Nation Alliance, which has determined to restore a parliamentary democracy after Erdogan has effectively established a “one-man rule without checks and balances.”