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Voting begins for local polls in Turkey

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By ITN News Editor March 31, 2019 12:52

Voting begins for local polls in Turkey

Turks began voting in local elections that President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a matter of survival for the country. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than 16 years thanks to strong economic growth and supreme campaigning skills, has become the country’s most popular, yet also most divisive, leader in modern history. However, he could be dealt an electoral blow with polls indicating his ruling AK Party may lose control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, the country’s largest city.

Voters in provinces in eastern Turkey began voting at 7:00 am, while voting in the rest of Turkey begins at 8:00 am. Polling stations close at 4:00 pm in the east and 5:00 pm in the west. Just over 57 million people are eligible to vote. A clear picture of the winners will probably emerge around midnight.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 31, 2019 12:52

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