Turkey: fnal rallies held ahead of presidential election

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Turkey’s presidential candidates have been holding their last rallies ahead the election on Sunday (August 10).

The winning candidate will make history as Turkey’s first popularly elected president. The post was previously elected by parliament.

Electoral rules ban the publication of opinion polls in the immediate run-up to the vote.

Surveys last month suggested that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a strong lead over the main opposition candidate, academic and diplomat Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Selahattin Demirtas, Chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, is also running for president.

One of the three candidates must win more than 50 percent of the vote, or a run-off will be held on August 24.

In Diyarbakir, one resident said: “I hope that the presidential elections will bring peace to our city and to our country.”

University student Zeznep, preparing to cast her vote in Istanbul for the first time, said: “I think that the president who will be chosen must not differentiate between people based on race, religion, language or ethnicity.”

Polls will open across Turkey on Sunday (August 10) at 8 a.m. local time.

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