Turkish citizens abroad start voting in country’s presidential election

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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The voting in the Turkish presidential election for the country's citizens living abroad started on July 31, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on July 31.

Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan, will be able to vote in the presidential election on July 31.

The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007.The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.

Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.

Haber7 TV channel earlier reported that disagreements are growing in Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) over the presidential candidacy of Ihsanoglu.

Reportedly, the Turkish Alawites, who are supporting the party, have refused to vote for Ihsanoglu in the upcoming presidential election.

Five political parties of Turkey, namely, the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP) and Democratic Party (DP) have agreed on supporting Ihsanoglu's candidacy for president.

In the countries where Turkey has diplomatic missions, the voting for the presidential election will start earlier. A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in some 53 countries have the right to take part in the voting for the presidential election.

The voting in such countries as Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand will be held on August 3, 2014. In the case of holding the second round of the presidential election, the voting in these countries will take place on August 17.

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