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Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan

2018/06/24 | 14:05

(Iraq Now News)- Turks began voting on Sunday for a new president and parliament in elections that pose the biggest ballot box challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago, Reuters reported.

The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum.

Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule.

“This stability must continue and that can happen with Erdogan so I voted for him,” said janitor Mehmet Yildirim, 48, in Istanbul.

“I also think that with Erdogan, we stand stronger against the West.”More than 56 million people were registered to vote at 180,000 ballot boxes across Turkey.

Voting began at 8 a.m.

(0500 GMT) and will end at 5 p.m.

(1400 GMT).

Last Modified: 06 24 2018 12:47 PM

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