Candidates campaign in final hours before Turkey elections

24 June, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Turks to decide on Erdogan this Sunday

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.



Suspect arrested in shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Dedrick Williams , who wasn't the shooter, and are searching for the two other suspects. He is also facing a fresh parole violation stemming from a 2014 case, which will be discussed in court on Monday.

Alli remains a doubt for Panama clash
He added: "I made them out of edible paper and ink". "I think the lads will be used to the physical side of things from playing in the Premier League, the games we play each week are usually physical and I think that is something the lads enjoy".

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping on right ankle
At 23.30 pm, Brazil will clash with Switzerland and today's final match is between Croatia with Nigeria at 12.30 am. He had been playing keep-away with a few other players when he started showing signs of discomfort in his ankle.

European Union counter-tariffs against United States come into effect on Friday - commission
The commission formally adopted the new tariffs, allowing them to come into effect on June 22. Malmström added that if the US removes its tariffs, the European taxes would also be lifted.

Oil prices dip on expectations of rising OPEC, Russian supplies
Oil prices fell further on Monday, pulled down by an expectation that producer club OPEC and its allies will increase supplies. Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 1/32 in price to yield 2.9205 percent, from 2.924 percent late on Friday.

Don't tie our hands, says United Kingdom govt, as Brexit debate begins
They said: "We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the government's hands in the negotiations". Morgan said if a compromise amendment did not emerge, rebels could work with the Lords to ensure the changes took place.

Governor’s rule won’t affect ongoing military operations in J&K: Army Chief
In the successive meetings of the BJP and RSS, it was not only discussed but decided that the party must get out of alliance. Sitting at a roadside cafe on the Anantnag-Pahalgam road, Rashid said there was a governance deficit as well.

Sara Netanyahu, Israeli PM's wife, charged with fraud over lavish meals
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent of the Jerusalem Post , said the indictment was a "devastating blow" to the prime minister.

Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets
The 32-year-old Howard played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped.

Trump Administration to Announce US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council
The council voted last month to investigate killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force. Rights groups accused the U.S. of withdrawing from its global obligations to protect human rights.