About 10 percent of Turkish citizens abroad vote in presidential election

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Around 10 percent of Turkish citizens living abroad voted in Turkey's presidential election, Haber7 TV channel reported on Aug.4.

The lowest figure was recorded in European countries.

A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in 53 countries were to take part in the voting for the presidential election.

Some Turkish citizens abroad failed to vote in the presidential election, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Ishler said, adding that probably, it is due to the fact that the presidential election was held abroad for the first time.

The voting in Turkey's presidential election took place in Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan and New Zealand on Aug.3.

Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan, voted 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 Aug. 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.

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 Ekmeleddin lIhsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.

Edited by CN

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