Young Turks to shape country’s political future - Xinhua

Turkey’s political future, where more than half the population is under the age of 30, depends on young voters in presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, China’s Xinhua news agency said.

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan looks to take on enhanced powers approved in a referendum last year, 1.6 million new young voters will be eligible to cast their ballots for the first time. The minimum age for candidates has also been lowered from 25 to 18, the agency said.

It quoted a survey conducted by pollsters A&G on the previous 2015 general elections that appeared to show that the opposition parties received a greater proportion of support from young people relative to their overall share in the vote than President Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The AKP has 57 candidates aged between 18 and 24 standing in the parliamentary elections. One of them is the self-confident Ibrahim Enes Durmaz who has a chance of getting elected in one of the capital Ankara's constituencies.

"There is lack of confidence from the society towards young people. The future of the country is being determined by older aged parliamentarians, with a high average age like that they cannot grasp our situation," Xinhua quoted Durmaz as saying.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is also attempting to tap into the youth vote, with 48 candidates below the age of 25.

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