Expatriate voting begins in Turkey’s second round of elections

The country’s expatriates have started voting in the second phase of Turkey’s presidential election. Voting for Turks abroad begins on Saturday (May 20). Voters will choose between incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Reuters news.

Earlier on May 14 in the first phase of the election, as no candidate got more than 50 percent of the votes, the two top candidates are competing in the second phase. The second phase of voting will be held in the country on May 28.

About 3.4 million expatriates can vote out of a total of 6.4 million voters. They will vote in advance till next Wednesday. State news agency Anadolu Agency reported that expatriates in Asian and European countries have started voting. About 1.5 million Turks in Germany, the country with the largest Turkish population, can vote.

Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and its nationalist allies won a majority in the first round of elections. The second phase of the presidential election is also expected to be a fierce competition between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu. Opposition parties have united to defeat Erdogan, who has been in power for two decades.

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