Investors hope Turkey's election will give economic reformers more clout

Supporters of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), attend an election rally for Turkey's general election on November 1, in IstanbulBy Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s two main parties may be campaigning for parliamentary polls on populist platforms such as higher wages and pensions, but investors hope whoever wins will instead revive the once-admired pace of growth and economic reform. The Nov. 1 election will be Turkey’s fourth in just over 18 months, a voting cycle that has fueled investor uncertainty and diverted the minds of economic policy makers away from tackling deep-seated challenges. The return as a ruling AK Party candidate of former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan and the presence of economy professor Selin Sayek Boke in the main opposition CHP reassure some.

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