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The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighbouring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister BeÅir Atalay told a news conference on Thursday.
Ankara has maintained an "open border" policy to refugees fleeing the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels in Syria.
Mardin: âWhen I took office here two years ago,â said the coordinator governor in charge of refugees, Veysel Dalmaz, âThere were about 50,000 Syrian refugees in the camps.â As of fall of 2012, Syrians who have entered Turkey, but are living outside the camps are estimated to be in the band of 15,000 to 20,000.â
There is a little over seven weeks to go before the elections, but the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has still not announced its candidate for presidency. Prime Minister ErdoÄan said Tuesday, June 17, that they have until July 3 to do so. The oddity is everyone knows who the AKPâs candidate is.
With the oppositionâs candidate for presidency, I found out I stand no chance of being elected president in Turkey. For both my name and surname are very unusual and difficult to pronounce for Turks.