Party official: Turkish gov't open to referendum over development plans that started protests

  • by: Associated Press , ELENA BECATOROS and JAMEY KEATEN
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 6:25 PM

ISTANBUL — Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10-year tenure.

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