Turkey awaits its first local elections since adopting a new presidential system, due at the end of March, amid major competition between parties through powerful alliances and with the regional and international political challenges facing Turkey.
Local elections in Turkey are taking on the character of general elections as foreign policy comes to dominate the conversation.
The pre-poll alliances have emerged for the upcoming municipal elections, following the pattern of a similar alliance in 2017 when Turkish citizens voted to change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one.
Here are the profiles of the two alliances candidates’ for Turkey’s three biggest and most important cities: Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
Six hundred parliamentarians from five political parties took their oaths of office in Ankara. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in as president for the first time under the new executive presidential system on July 9.
Turkey's elections produced many winners, democracy was one. But also a wide spectrum of ideas representing all of Turkey have found a place inside parliament.
Turkey is home to millions of migrants and refugees, especially Syrians. As politicians create policies that have an impact on migrants and refugees, these communities hope for a favourable outcome in the elections.
With less than a week for the elections, Turkey's presidential candidates are finalising their promises regarding the economy. All the candidates running in the presidential election have distinctive economic pledges for the new term.
Turkey's political discourse has markedly changed from previous elections. The need to gather a popular majority for a presidential candidate is forcing parties to broaden their appeal with more inclusive messaging.
Ten political parties are running in Turkey's parliamentary elections, seven of them set up two electoral alliances. Three parties support incumbent President Erdogan for the presidential election on the same day, while others appear as opposition.
Ahead of Turkey's June 24 elections, the most asked question is the fate of Kurdish votes. The stance of Turkey's mostly Kurdish populated cities will be one of the determinants of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
Ankara has confirmed six candidates who will stand in the presidential election on June 24, as the nation heads to the polls to elect both their new president and new members of parliament.
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