Turkey Votes in Crucial General Elections

World | June 7, 2015, Sunday // 11:17|  views

A man casts his vote at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey on 07 June 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Polling stations across Turkey opened at 8 o’clock local time in the country’s general elections.

The elections are deemed crucial for the plans of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change the constitution and turn Turkey into a presidential republic.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been the ruling party since 2002, is the undisputed frontrunner.

If the AKP wins a two-thirds majority, Erdogan will be able to change the constitution, thereby turning Turkey from a parliamentary republic into a presidential republic, according to reports of the BBC News.

However, if the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP crosses the 10% threshold and enters parliament for the first time, AKP will end up with a smaller number of seats and Erdogan’s plans will be thwarted.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) ranks second in opinion polls, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is third.

A total of 20 political parties are vying for seats in Turkey’s 550-seat parliament.

The number of eligible voters, including in Turkey and abroad, is over 56 million.

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Tags: general elections, parliamentary elections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AKP, Justice and Development Party, HDP


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