Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
the Turkish prime minister [AFP]
In what is being billed as a showdown between Turkey's secular elite and the ruling Justice and Development party (AK), Turks are expected to head to the polls in record numbers this weekend.

Public opinion polls show the AK party heading for success with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, predicting his AK party will secure more than 40 per cent of the vote giving them an outright majority.

But while this election may prove to be a watershed event for Turkey, what will it mean for the country's relations with the West and its neighbours? 

On Thursday's Riz Khan we will look at what is at stake with Mark Parris, a former US ambassador to Turkey, and Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute. 

Also joining the program will be AK parliamentary candidate Suat Kinklioglu.  

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