[PHOTO] Turks in Germany start voting in referendum on executive presidency

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Turkish citizens living in Germany on Monday started to cast their ballots in Turkish missions across the country for a referendum on a constitutional package that will increase President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers and change Turkey’s system of governance into an executive presidency.

Europe is home to an estimated 2.5 million Turkish citizens eligible to vote. Over 3 million Turks, of whom 1.4 million can vote, live in Germany.

Turkey’s relations with various European countries have recently become strained due to the cancellation of rallies planned to be held by Turkish ministers in order to seek the support of Turkish expatriates for a referendum in Turkey on April 16.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 27: A sign shows voting area in front of Turkish Consulate General building as Turks started to vote for Turkey's upcoming referendum at Turkish Consulate General on March 27, 2017. Turkey will held a referendum on constitutional changes on 16th of April 2017. Cuneyt Karadag / Anadolu Agency
BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 27: A sign shows voting area in front of Turkish Consulate General building as Turks started to vote for Turkey’s upcoming referendum at Turkish Consulate General on March 27, 2017. Turkey will held a referendum on constitutional changes on 16th of April 2017. AFP
A polling clerk is working at a polling station in Munich, southern Germany, on March 27, 2017.  Turkish expatriates in Germany and five other European countries started casting their ballots Monday in a controversial referendum that could vastly boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE
A polling clerk is working at a polling station in Munich, southern Germany, on March 27, 2017.
Turkish expatriates in Germany and five other European countries started casting their ballots Monday in a controversial referendum that could vastly boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE
A woman arrives to casts her ballot at the Turkish consulate in Berlin on March 27, 2017.     The 1,4 million Turkish voters living in Germany can participate in a pro Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referendum scheduled for 16 April. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
A woman arrives to casts her ballot at the Turkish consulate in Berlin on March 27, 2017.
The 1,4 million Turkish voters living in Germany can participate in a pro Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referendum scheduled for 16 April. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
Turkish nationals living in Germany casts thier ballot at the Turkish consulate in Berlin on March 27, 2017.     The 1,4 million Turkish voters living in Germany can participate in a pro Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referendum scheduled for 16 April. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
Turkish nationals living in Germany casts thier ballot at the Turkish consulate in Berlin on March 27, 2017.
The 1,4 million Turkish voters living in Germany can participate in a pro Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referendum scheduled for 16 April. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
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