A Turkish woman takes a photo with her cell phone as she leaves the Olympic Stadium after casting her vote for the Turkish presidential elections in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 31, 2014.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Turks in Germany streamed into Berlin's Olympic stadium Thursday, seizing the chance to vote from abroad for the first time in an election Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make him Turkey's first directly elected president.Turkey itself goes to the polls on Aug. 10 to choose between Erdogan and two opposition candidates. Some 2.8 million Turks abroad are eligible to vote, around 1.4 million of them in Germany, a number equivalent to the electorate of Turkey's fifth largest city, Adana.Erdogan visited the western German city of Cologne in May, courting the diaspora vote at a rally of 16,000 supporters, although an estimated 45,000 protested against him.
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