Middle East s Vote-buying in Turkey? Price is high, satisfaction not guaranteed.

A $5.5 billion social benefits package that likely will stress Turkey's economy is being interpreted as a sign that President Erdoğan and his party could be in trouble in upcoming elections.

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

At the end of April, and despite Turkey’s economic malaise, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party authorized new twice-yearly payouts of 1,000 liras, about $225, to retirees.

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