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Local elections in Turkey : Two people in choice of shot locally

In Turkey began on Sunday, the local elections. After a polarizing election campaign, the Turks are called on to elect new mayors, councillors and district officers. As usual in Turkey, the municipal elections will be held in all provinces at the same time.

In the Eastern Anatolian Malatya, there was a deadly incident: The news Agency DHA reported that two groups were at a polling station together. One of the Parties pulled a gun and killed two people. The shooter has been arrested.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his vote in Istanbul of two of the victims in the Malatya. Investigation into the Background of the incident had been initiated. The head of the small opposition party Saadet, Temel Karamollaoglu, wrote on Twitter that the victims were two election observers, his party. The two had protested against an open vote, and had been killed as a result. The election campaign was characterised by sharp attacks of Erdogan to the Opposition, which he described as the enemies of Turkey and of Islam.

The election, he said on the question of "national Survival," and urged again and again the threat posed by external enemies. Although Erdogan himself is not standing for election, toured the President over weeks by the country and made the election a vote on his own policy.

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to order The election comes at a time of serious economic problems: for the First time in ten years, Turkey has slipped into recession, Inflation is running at almost 20 percent and unemployment has risen to over 13 percent. Shortly before the election, strong fluctuations of the currency caused additional nervousness in Ankara, after the Lira last summer, had collapsed in the middle of a diplomatic crisis with the US.

About 57 million are eligible to vote, choose in 81 provinces, the mayors, local councils and other local officeholders. The municipal election is considered mood test for the Islamic-conservative government of Erdogan. Exciting it is, especially in the capital, Ankara, and in the metropolis of Istanbul.

- voters in voting in Ankara.Photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Both are ruled for more than 20 years of Erdogan's government party AKP and its predecessor parties. A defeat there would be a huge loss of face for Erdogan, who was once mayor of Istanbul.

Erdogan's AKP sends the Bosphorus, the former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in the race, while the Opposition relies on the young district mayor Ekrem imamoğlu. As with the parliamentary and presidential elections in June, the ACP takes to the road with the ultra-right MHP, while the left-nationalist CHP has formed an Alliance with the right-IYI-party. Also interesting is the development in the Kurdish areas.

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Susanne Güsten

In the East of the country, citizens were allowed to select from 7.00 PM local time (6.00 PM CEST) due to the earlier onset of darkness an hour before the electorate in the West of the country. To close the polling stations in the East, at 16.00 local time, and in the West at 17.00 local time. First partial results are expected in the evening. (AFP, dpa)

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