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Turkey’s election races officially begin as Erdogan sets vote for May 14

The country’s executive presidential system will be the focal point of the campaigning period.
ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images

ANKARA — The race for Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary election officially kicked off on Friday with the country’s 65 million-strong electorate set to hit the ballot box on May 14.

During the official announcement, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited college admission exams, hajj, holiday seasons and earthquakes for holding the elections in May instead of June 18. His decision came into effect after it was published in the official gazette the same day. 

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