Ankara is the capital of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. It is Turkey's second largest city behind Istanbul. It has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul.
Turkey's capital is located at an intersection point of highways connecting east to west and north to south of Anatolia and it is a home to National Assembly of Turkey. Ankara lies between four mountains of Anatolia Plateau.
One of the big voting groups being watched closely in these elections is the million plus eligible Germans of Turkish descent. Diplomatic spats between Berlin and Ankara have intensified in recent months. And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently called on all of Germany's Turks to boycott the mainstream political parties so who will they vote for? Natalie Carney reports:
German Chancellor Merkel has called for a rethink of Berlin’s attitude towards Ankara after Turkey detained two more German citizens. Relations between the countries have been deteriorating since the failed 2016 coup.