Turkiye’s Erdogan faces tough election amid quake, inflation

ANKARA: Early in his political career, a devastating earthquake and economic troubles helped propel Recep Tayyip Erdogan to power in Turkey. Two decades later, similar situations are putting his leadership in danger. The highly divisive and populist Erdogan is seeking a third consecutive term as president on May 14 after three terms as prime minister, which would extend his rule to a third decade. He is already Turkey’s longest-serving leader.