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Turkey election: Voting abroad ends, higher turnout reported

Update : 10 May 2023, 01:19

More Turkish people living abroad have reportedly cast their vote compared to the last election in 2018. But the vote has reflected polarization in the diapsora over their support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Voting ended on Tuesday for millions of Turkish people living abroad in a tense election that many see as a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule.

The May 14 election is increasingly looking like a tight race between Erdogan and his main challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The latest opinion polls show that the latter, who is the candidate for a six-party opposition coalition, is marginally ahead.

The vote comes as Turkey reels from the aftermath of catastrophic earthquakes and amid an economic crisis.

Voters living abroad make up 3.4 million of Turkey's 64.1 million registered electorate, with Germany being home to the largest Turkish diaspora of 1.5 million.

Turkish diaspora in Germany heads to the polls

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