Polling stations opened across Germany at 0600 UTC on Thursday where Turkish nationals can vote until Sunday in their country's presidential election.

It is the first time Turkish citizens have been able to participate in an election while living outside of their native country. There are around 1.4 million Turkish residents living in Germany who are eligible to vote.

The polls also mark the first time Turks will directly elect a president, with voting to take place in Turkey on August 10.

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