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Turkey's 3.5 million expats vote in high numbers as HDP endorses Kilicdaroglu

The millions of Turkish nationals residing abroad have begun heading to the ballot boxes, and their absentee ballots could sway the outcome of the crucial May 14 polls.
A couple walks past billboards with the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and with the portrait of Republican People's Party (CHP) leader and presidential candidate, Kemal Kilicdaroglu (R) in Sanliurfa, south-eastern Turkey on April 28, 2023. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

ANKARA — Tens of thousands of Turkey nationals living outside the country have begun heading to polls to vote ahead of the country’s crucial elections, which remain too close to predict.

Absentee voting has begun this week in five European countries, including Germany, which is home to the largest Turkish expat population in the world. According to official figures, more than 40,000 registered voters across Europe have already cast their ballots for the May 14 presidential and parliamentary elections on Thursday and Friday.

Turkey has set up voting centers in international airports, customs offices and other locations in 73 countries including 14 Middle Eastern and North African nations. Voting in seven more countries including the United States is set to begin on Saturday. More voting centers will be gradually opened elsewhere through May 9.

The ballots will be taken to the capital Ankara and counted.

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