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From lemonade vendor to national leader: the story of Turkish PM Erdogan

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Rima Maktabi, Al Arabiya News

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came from humble beginnings, selling lemonade in Istanbul’s Qassem Pasha neighborhood.

Today, his home neighborhood is lined with election posters ahead of Turkey’s next presidential contest.


But will be the outspoken premier be able to rise to the nation’s highest office amid recent criticism of his policies?