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Turkish expats have their say ahead of June 7 election

Turkey goes to the polls for the country’s 24th parliamentary election on June 7. But during the month of May expatriots from around the world had

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Turkish expats have their say ahead of June 7 election

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Turkey goes to the polls for the country’s 24th parliamentary election on June 7.

But during the month of May expatriots from around the world had been given their chance to cast their votes.

Ballot boxes have been set up in 54 countries and more than one million are eligible to participate.

Citizens living in Germany have casted their votes in Turkish consulates in prominent German cities such as Berlin, Cologne and Hannover.

The ballot boxes were then put in large bags under the control of the Turkish consulates and embassy, were loaded to a plane.

The ruling AKP party is hoping to win two-thirds of the 550 seats in the assembly, enabling it to change the constitution and create strong executive presidency.

Recent opinion polls suggest the party is unlikely to achieve this and could even fail to win the 276 seats required for a simple majority, with some predicting the closest result in a decade.