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Turkish expats start voting in Azerbaijan

Baku, June 17, AZERTAC

Turks living in Azerbaijan began casting votes on Sunday in Turkey's presidential and general elections. The voting started at 9.00 and will end at 21.00.

According to Turkey`s ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral, 5,209 Turkish citizens will vote in Baku, 330 in Nakhchivan and 207 in Ganja.

In Turkey, voters will go to the polls on June 24.

In April, the Turkish parliament passed a bill for early elections on June 24, in order to cement Turkey’s move to a presidential system.

According to the electoral calendar, Turkish expats will be able to vote in embassies and consulates abroad until June 19. They will however be able to vote until June 24 at customs gates.

Over 3 million Turks living abroad are eligible to vote for the presidential and general elections.

Six candidates are running for president, while eight political parties are taking part in the parliamentary elections.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has served as president since 2014 -- Turkey's first popularly-elected president. Before that, he served as prime minister from 2003 to 2014.

Should he win the June election, Erdogan would be Turkey's first leader under the presidential system.

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