Polls close, voting ends in southeast Turkey

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Published on March 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

Polls close, voting ends in southeast Turkey

Voting closed in Turkey's eastern city of Diyarbakir at 1300GMT on Sunday (March 31) as voters cast ballots for local elections which President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a matter of survival for the country and which were tarnished by violence that left two party members dead in the country's southeast.

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Polls close, voting ends in southeast Turkey

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION): Voting closed in Turkey's eastern city of Diyarbakir at 1300GMT on Sunday (March 31) as voters cast ballots for local elections which President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a matter of survival for the country and which were tarnished by violence that left two party members dead in the country's southeast.

Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than 16 years thanks in part to strong economic growth, has become the country's most popular, yet also most divisive, leader in modern history.

However, he could be dealt an electoral blow with polls indicating his ruling AK Party (AKP) may lose control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, the country's largest city.

Voting started at 7 a.m.

(0400 GMT) in eastern Turkey and an hour later in the rest of the country.

Polling stations close at 4 p.m.

In the east and 5 p.m.

In the west.

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