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Polls open in Turkey's general elections
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Polling stations have opened in Turkey's parliamentary elections as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking a third term.


Voting started at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Sunday in eastern Turkey and an hour later in the west. All polling stations are expected to close at 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) and preliminary results are expected on Sunday night.

It is widely expected that the prime minister's AKP will return to power with a landslide victory, a Press TV correspondent reported.

If it secures more than 330 seats, the ruling party will be able to put a new constitution on a national referendum. The current constitution was written by coup generals in 1980.

Even AKP voters say the opposition must be involved in this process to satisfy the general public.

“I want the AK Party to remain in power and I hope they will serve another term, but if you are talking about democracy, we want a coalition,” a Turkish citizen said.

Ozgur Gurbuz, a journalist, said, “What is funny here is we are not talking about who will be the first party in the election. We are mostly talking about the constitution, who is going to have the most power.”

All parties continued their campaigning to make the final push, promising to tackle unemployment, bring stability and strengthen democratic rights.

“We want to have a solution for unemployment. We want terrorism and the PKK to end. We want stability,” said a Turkish national.

“We want stability. We want prosperity and security is important. It's also important to have good relations with foreign governments,” said another citizen.

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