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Overseas Turks emerge as critical voice in tight presidential race

More voters abroad head out to early voting for Sunday's election

Turkish citizens cast ballots for the May 14 parliamentary and presidential elections at the Turkish Consulate in Berlin on April 27. Germany is home to around 1.5 million Turkish voters, making it the equivalent of a large province.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- Turkey's roughly 3.4 million voters living abroad are expected to play a key role in determining the outcome of this month's presidential election, in which incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces a serious challenge to his two-decade rule.

Turkish citizens at home will head to the polls on May 14. But those abroad, who constitute 5% of the total electorate, started casting their ballots early on April 27.

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