Middle East In bid to extend his grip, Turkish PM Erdogan to run for president (+video)

In power since 2003, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now running for president, a less powerful post. If he wins, he's expected to retool the largely symbolic position.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, undaunted by a year of intermittent street protests and a lingering graft scandal, will run in the country's first direct presidential elections in August, his party announced on Tuesday.