08/08/2014 05:06 EDT | Actualisé 07/10/2014 05:12 EDT

Turkey's Marmaray Project

One of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grand projects, the tunnel under the Bosphorous opened in 2013. On August 10 the seasoned political campaigner and premier since 2003 will bid to become modern Turkey's twelfth president. Erdogan is the frontrunner, but one of the chief intrigues is whether he will be forced into a second round run-off. VIDEOGRAPHIC