Erdogan expects Turkey’s development level to reach the levels of Russia, US

Erdogan expects Turkey’s development level to reach the levels of Russia, US

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took the lead in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the President's hopes of extending his 15-year rule.

The men agreed that their children were too young to "truly remember" the bad days before Mr Erdogan, which is why the younger generation are supporters of the Kurdish HDP. The second phase is the transparent counting and recording of the votes in each ballot box and conveying the results to the local stations without any intervention in the sealed vote bags. Opposition leaders cast their ballots vowing to be vigilant against voting fraud.

"Turkey will reach their level of development too and will be among the top ten countries in this respect", Erdogan said.

Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.

Under constitutional amendments approved after a controversial 2017 referendum, Turkey is making a transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one - giving the next president expanded powers, abolishing the prime minister's post, and eliminating numerous checks and balances created to help parliament protect against the misuse of presidential powers.The changes will take effect after the elections.

Citing security reasons, authorities have relocated thousands of polling stations in predominantly Kurdish provinces, forcing some 144,000 voters to travel further to cast their ballots.

She and others in the city said they voted for the pro-Kurdish HDP, hoping it would exceed the 10 per cent threshold of votes needed to enter parliament.

Around 531,007 security personnel, including 264,526 police officers, 195,695 gendarmerie officers, 50,793 village guards and 19,993 voluntary village guards were on duty.

More than 50 million voters will head to the polls on Sunday to choose both the president and representatives to the Parliament.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) managed to garner 21.8 percent of the votes while the National Alliance it formed with the newly-formed Good Party (İP) and Felicity Party (SP) won 33.1 percent of the votes.

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Erdogan's announcement came a day after Devlet Bahceli, chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) called for early elections to be held on August 26, 2018.

"God willing, Turkey will start flying with this system".

Erdoğan, too, cast his vote in Üsküdar on Sunday.

The HDP's presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtas, has waged his campaign from a prison near the Greek border as he awaits trial on terrorism-related charges, which he denies.

He said: "Turkey is staging a democratic revolution".

A woman shows a ballot paper at a polling station in snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in the Kurdish stronghold of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey on June 24, 2018.

For the first time, bedridden voters - more than 17,000 - are being visited at their homes by election officials who will pick up their ballots.

More than 59 million Turkish citizens, including some 3 million living overseas, were eligible to vote.

Voting at Turkish customs gates with adjoining countries, which began on June 7, has also ended.

The sale of alcoholic beverages is banned from 0300 GMT (6:00am) to 2100 GMT (00:00pm) while consumption of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited in public places.

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