Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes his ruling party members before he has announced he is running for president in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Umit Bektas, Pool)
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Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to win presidential elections next month.The six-article package of reforms proposed by Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government provides a "legal framework" to advance peace negotiations with the PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies.Erdogan's government launched clandestine peace talks with the Ocalan in 2012 for a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the Kurdish majority southeast.The presentation of the bill comes as Erdogan is running to succeed Gul.When he declared his candidacy for the presidency early this month, Erdogan pledged that the peace talks with the PKK would be rekindled.
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