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Turkey: 30,000 Syrians who were granted citizenship will vote

People gather around the election booths and tents opened by Turkish parties within Turkey’s presidential and general elections campaign at Kizilay square in Ankara, Turkey on 13 June 2018 [Özge Elif Kızıl/Anadolu Agency]
People gather around the election booths and tents opened by Turkish parties within Turkey’s presidential and general elections campaign at Kizilay square in Ankara, Turkey on 13 June 2018 [Özge Elif Kızıl/Anadolu Agency]

Some 30,000 Syrians who have been granted Turkish citizenship will vote in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, broadcaster NTV quoted Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying today.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has granted citizenship to thousands of refugees who have fled the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Turkey is hosting around 3.5 million Syrian refugees.

In April, Erdogan announced snap parliamentary and presidential elections would take place in the country on 24 June.

The move came a day after his main ally, far-right leader Devlet Bahceli, called for snap polls, with the decision primarily motivated by the need to strengthen the current administration to effectively tackle the ongoing crisis in Syria and the country’s economic challenges.

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