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Turkish voters living abroad go to the polls to choose their president


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Turkish voters living abroad go to the polls to choose their president

Turkish citizens living abroad have begun voting in the Turkish presidential election.

It is the first time that Turks have been able to vote outside the country.

Around 1.4 million Turkish residents in Germany are eligible.

At Berlin’s Olympic stadium tens of thousands of people were expected to go to the polls.

One woman queuing to vote said: “It is the first time since the founding of the Turkish Republic. And so its very good that we have a determining influence on it, despite the fact that we don’t live there.”

Another woman said: “I say that I have two homelands – Germany and Turkey. And as important as Germany is to me, Turkey is as well. Even though I spend the majority of my time here in Germany.”

In Rotterdam in the Netherlands around 170,000 Turks are registered to vote making it the biggest polling venue outside of Turkey.

It is the first time a Turkish president is being directly elected by the people

The current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the favorite to win. Voting in Turkey takes place on Sunday.

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