Candidates campaign in final hours before Turkey elections

24 June, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Candidates campaign in final hours before Turkey elections

For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, installing an executive presidency has been his years-long ambition and he has now staked his career on it.

Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party were heading for victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary results, as the president sought to extend his 15-year rule.

With more than half of ballot boxes counted Sunday, in the lead, Erdogan had 56.5 percent of the vote, which would be enough for him to win outright and avoid a runoff election. Pro-Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas tweeted his hopes for a calm election day, urging young people to vote.

Those attempting the fraud were claimed to be supporters of a parliamentary candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) list, whose name had also been involved in a clash in the same town 10 days ago in which four people were killed.

Erdogan had faced an energetic campaign by the Ince, who has rivalled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, and a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll.

This weekend's election in Turkey may be a lose-lose scenario for investors.

Five candidates are running against Erdogan in the presidential race.

The government gave no immediate response to the reports, but Erdogan said there had not been any serious problems. All we want is a fair competition. Monitors assume the role in order to confirm the votes used in the ballot boxes match up with the results transferred to the provincial stations and then to the YSK, comparing photos of the documents that are tried to be taken at every stage, again by smart phones and through sharing via social media. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and autocratic behaviour.

On Saturday police said at least 1 million people turned out in Istanbul's Maltepe district to hear Mr Ince promise to reverse - if he wins the presidency - what he sees as Turkey's turn towards more authoritarian rule under Mr Erdogan.




The victor of Sunday's presidential contest will acquire sweeping new executive powers under a constitutional overhaul backed by Erdogan and endorsed previous year by a narrow majority of Turks in a referendum.

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

As he runs Turkey under a state of emergency crackdown imposed after a failed coup in 2016, Mr. Erdogan has concentrated enormous powers in his hands.

Recent economic troubles have been expected to play a major role in voting intentions after the Turkish lira dropped to record lows against the United States dollar and inflation surged over the past year.

"At each election, I come with hope".

A woman casts her ballot at a school in Istanbul.

Erdogan, who defends his tough measures as essential for national security, told his supporters at rallies Saturday that if re-elected he would press ahead with more of the big infrastructure projects that have helped turn Turkey into one of the world's fastest-growing economies during his time in office.

Turkey has been under emergency rule, which restricts some personal freedoms and allows the government to bypass parliament with emergency decrees, for almost two years following an attempted military coup in July 2016.

A woman shows a ballot paper at a polling station in snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kurdish stronghold of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey on June 24, 2018.

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