Erdogan holds rally In Bosnian capital

Erdogan holds rally In Bosnian capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding an election rally in Sarajevo targeting expatriate Turks, an event being held in the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital after several European Union countries banned such demonstrations, Radio Liberty reports.

The rally on May 20 comes ahead of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.

Tensions rose last year between the EU and Turkey after many countries refused to allow the Turkish government to hold rallies ahead of a referendum, eventually won in Erdogan's favor, to widely expand the powers of the Turkish presidency.

Authorities in Sarajevo said that between 10,000 and 15,000 people were expected to attend the rally in the city's Zetra sports center, where large portraits of Erdogan and Turkey's first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were put up on May 19.