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In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara.
In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara.
(Associated Press)

PATRICK MARTIN

Why Turkey's fallen 'rock star' Erdogan is trying to get his groove back

There was a time, not very long ago, that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed throughout most of the Arab world as something of a hero. He had shown that a moderate, Islamic-oriented political party could be elected and govern effectively in a democracy, taking the place of military-backed rulers.