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Opposition Unites In Bid To Halt Turkey's March Toward One-Man Rule

Muharrem Ince, the presidential candidate of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, delivers a speech at a rally in Tunceli on June 17, 2018.

The winner of Turkey's next presidential election will take office with more powers than a Turkish president has ever had -- including the ability to rule by decree as head of both state and government, and to disband parliament.

Hoping to prevent incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan from being reelected, disparate opposition parties have come together in an unlikely alliance for both the parliamentary and presidential votes on June 24.

That newly formed Nation Alliance backs the secularist opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) nominee, Muharrem Ince, for president.

It includes secular social democrats, center-right conservatives, nationalist liberal conservatives, and conservative Islamists.

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Parliamentary candidates from the Nation Alliance vow that, if they secure majority control of the legislature, they'll roll back the constitutional amendments that were narrowly approved in a controversial 2017 referendum -- amendments coming into force after the election that will transform Turkey's parliamentary system into a presidential system of government.

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