News ID: 216814
Published: 0146 GMT June 17, 2018

Turkish expatriates in Iran vote in snap polls

Turkish expatriates in Iran vote in snap polls

Turkish nationals living in Iran cast their ballots in their country’s snap presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.

The Turkish expatriates voted in polling stations in Tehran, Tabriz and Orumiyeh, while the elections are planned to be held in Turkey next week, IRNA reported.

In Tehran, 830 Turkish expats and in Tabriz and Orumiyeh, a total of 1,100 Turks were eligible to vote.

Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral said on Sunday that voting is being held in 60 countries.

Turkish citizens residing in Iraq, Ireland, Spain, Egypt, Serbia and Uzbekistan also voted on Sunday in the elections due to be held in Turkey on June 24.

Around three million Turkish nationals living abroad in 60 countries are registered to vote, making up five percent of total voters in Turkey’s elections.

The largest Turkish community is in Germany.

For the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, Sarajevo was the only campaign stop for the longtime ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), after governments in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands said they would not allow rallies for the Turkish elections.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the elections 18 months ahead of schedule, after saying the country needed a stronger executive. Under a referendum that passed narrowly last year, his office gains sweeping new powers after this election, including the abolition of the post of prime minister and allowing the president to issue decrees and appoint judges. Before the referendum, the Turkish presidency was a ceremonial office.




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