Six killed, about 100 injured in Turkey election clashesMarch 29th, 2009 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Ankara, March 29 (DPA) Six people were killed and about 100 injured as a number of clashes broke out in Turkey during Sunday’s local elections, the CNN-Turk news channel reported.
Fighting was reported at a number of polling booths in eastern and southeastern Turkey with two deaths reported in Diyarbakir and one each in Sanliurfa, Kayseri, Van and Kars.
Polls closed Sunday afternoon in local elections to elect mayors for more than 3,000 municipalities across the country. All of the violence reported Sunday was related to voting for village headmen, contests which are not related to political parties.
In the local elections, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected to sweep most municipalities.
Whilst polls vary, the AKP is once again set to win a plurality of votes in the polls to elect mayors and municipal assembly across Turkey’s 81 provinces.
A poll released this week by the A&G research company put the national vote of the AKP at 39.1 percent, well ahead of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) with 26.8 percent.
A poll conducted by Konda research company found a similar gap between the two parties but put the AKP vote on 48.9 percent, compared to the CHP’s 33.1 percent. The Konda poll put the strength of Turkey’s third main party, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at 10.5 percent.
Under Turkey’s highly centralised political system the elections are seen as a test of national leaders. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been at the forefront of the AKP’s election campaign. In the last six weeks of campaigning Erdogan has almost on a daily basis addressed rallies right across the country.
Other party leaders have also turned the election into a test of national strength, with news reports giving almost all coverage to the national leaders of parties rather than those actually running.
First results from the election are expected Sunday night.
- Turks vote on proposed constitutional reforms - Sep 12, 2010
- 13 die in Turkish prison fire - Jun 17, 2012
- Indians safe in quake-hit Turkey - Oct 24, 2011
- Congress wins Chandigarh mayoral election - Jan 01, 2012
- Turkey role model for Islamic states: Gilani - May 22, 2012
- Congress loses after 25 years in Shimla municipal polls - May 28, 2012
- Turkish nationals urged to leave Syria - Mar 16, 2012
- Turkey quake toll rises to 523 - Oct 27, 2011
- Obama speaks with foreign leaders on Egypt situation - Jan 31, 2011
- Israeli government the problem, not the people: Turkish PM - Oct 03, 2011
- Turkey ready to broker cease-fire over fears Libya may turn into "second Iraq or Afghanistan" - Mar 28, 2011
- Abu Dhabi prince meets Turkish leaders - Feb 29, 2012
- Turkey's top army officials resign - Jul 30, 2011
- Counting of votes in MCD polls begins - Apr 17, 2012
- 14th phase of Kashmir panchayat polls ends - Jun 06, 2011
Tags: akp, chp, cnn, cnn turk, daily basis, diyarbakir, kars, local elections, mhp, municipal assembly, national leaders, national strength, national vote, nationalist movement, party leaders, polling booths, prime minister recep tayyip, prime minister recep tayyip erdogan, recep tayyip erdogan, southeastern turkey