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Originally published Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 3:56 AM

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Turkish PM touts ruling party success

Turkey's leader is delivering a major speech that celebrates a decade of electoral success for his ruling party and touts the rising power's regional stature and strong record of economic growth.

The Associated Press

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ANKARA, Turkey —

Turkey's leader is delivering a major speech that celebrates a decade of electoral success for his ruling party and touts the rising power's regional stature and strong record of economic growth.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is addressing thousands of delegates in a sports arena at which the ruling Justice and Development Party will lay the groundwork for what it hopes is the continued domination of Turkish politics in the years ahead.

At the party congress Sunday, many people enthusiastically applauded Erdogan and some were even moved to tears. Turkey, however, faces tough challenges, including an increase in attacks by Kurdish militants and challenges presented by the war in neighboring Syria.

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