Sex scandal rocks Turkish election campaign (AP) – 1742th Edition

FILE In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, members of the Nationalist Action Party, MHP, 'Gray Wolves' demonstrate in Ankara, Turkey. A slick smear campaign, a sex scandal, stunned a hardline MHP that was struggling for relevance as a self-declared guardian of Islamic values, pure Turkish identity and the sanctity of the family and forced the resignations of 10 lawmakers in the party. A mysterious group behind the videos urged the ouster of the MHP leadership, whose chief, Devlet Bahceli, served as deputy prime minister in a coalition government a decade ago and has shifted the once-extremist party toward the political mainstream.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)AP – The black-and-white videos are grainy. Sometimes, they flicker. Yet the images are stark and often graphic, appearing to show senior members of a Turkish opposition party in liaisons with women who are not their wives.

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