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Turkey's frustrated youth turn their back on Erdogan's ruling AKP

Sky-high inflation, stalled growth sap optimism for country's future

Women protest high energy prices in Istanbul in February. Inflation, which is now at over 80%, has added to the public's frustration with the current Turkish government.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- After 20 years in power, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is struggling to connect with young voters ahead of elections next year, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid for another term.

"I hope the country changes with the upcoming elections," said Orhan, a high-school student in Istanbul. He will be eligible to vote for the first time in the next presidential and general elections, expected to be held by June.

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