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Erdogan: Turkish democracy is witnessing, for the first time, two-round elections

Ankara (United States) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, on Sunday, that “Turkish democracy is witnessing for the first time two-round presidential elections,” noting that “there is no country where the participation rate in the elections reaches 90%, but in Turkey it reached this percentage.”

In a statement to the Turkish president after casting his electoral vote earlier today in Istanbul, he said, "We are witnessing, for the first time in Turkish democratic life, presidential elections in this way."

He added, "There is no country in the world that has a 90% participation rate in the elections. Turkey was able to present a democratic struggle in the best way, with a participation that reached 90%, and today I believe that participation will be the same."

Erdogan made it clear that "the first round took place on May 14, and today the second round is taking place. Today's elections have no parties, nor a one-meter ballot paper. It takes place between only two candidates for whom the people will vote, and therefore I think that the voting process will end quickly today."

The Turkish president wished that the elections would be good for the country and the people, stressing, "I hope that the people in particular will not be complacent in the matter of participating in the elections."

After the voting process, President Erdogan exchanged greetings with the citizens in the school garden after leaving the hall in which he cast his vote, and exchanged conversations with them.

On Sunday morning, the voting process began throughout Turkey in the second round of the presidential elections, in which the candidate of the “Public Alliance”, the current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the candidate of the “Nation’s Alliance”, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, are competing.

Turkish citizens are scheduled to cast their votes in the elections from 8:00 to 17:00 local time (+3 GMT), when they will vote in more than 191 ballot boxes in order to elect a new president for the country for a period of 5 years. .

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