Turks Vote In Crucial Parliamentary Elections

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Economic promises, alleged state corruption and the Kurdish situation are some of the issues being considered by Turkish voters as they go to the polls in parliamentary elections on Sunday. The outcome of the polls could also determine whether ruling party politicians can rewrite the constitution to bolster the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Aljazeera was there:

The ballot boxes opened at 8am local time (0500GMT) and will close at 5pm (1400GMT), with non-official results expected by the end of the day. Public surveys prior to the election indicated the conservative Justice and Development Party (AK party) was in the lead.

The AK party, the ruling party for the past 13 years, is seeking to secure two-thirds of the 550 seats in the parliament in order to change the constitution to replace Turkey’s 92-year-old parliamentary system for a presidential system.

However, the majority of surveys suggest that a victory with such a large margin is unlikely for the party. All the other three main parties likely to pass Turkey’s 10 percent threshold for entry to the parliament – the centre-left Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and the left-wing pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) – are against such a change.

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