Turkey Currency Crisis Threatens Economy, Posing Challenge to Erdogan Rule

ISTANBUL—A currency crisis is shaking Turkey’s economy, imperiling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nearly two-decade-long grip on power and upending living standards in a country that had enjoyed years of growth.

The lira hit a record low against the dollar on Thursday after the Central Bank cut a key rate by one percentage point. The currency has lost more than a third of its value since March and is the worst-performing major emerging market currency this year so far.