Turkey | Erdogan – Kilicdaroglu head to a runoff
Defence Redefined
Published on 15/05/2023 at 19:12

According to the Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey, a second round of elections will be held on May 28 as none of the candidates managed to exceed 50%.

With all the polls open, the participation rate reaches 88.92%. Abroad, participation reached 52.69%. It should be noted, however, that not all postal votes have been counted yet.

Based on the latest figures, 49.51% of the votes is for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 44.88% for Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and 5.17% for Sinan Ogan. In the second round of the presidential elections, Erdogan will face Kilicdaroglu.

Who will Ogan support?

On Monday morning, Ogan expressed his intentions and made a shocking statement, claiming that he would support Kilicdaroglu if the pro-Kurdish HDP, the third largest party in the Turkish parliament, which has even supported the opposition coalition, is expelled from the political system.

Although there is still no official response from Kilicdaroglu, the truth is that he will lose more votes, in case he excludes the HDP.

Mr. Kilicdaroglu is the candidate of a motley front, made up of six parties that range from the nationalist right to the liberal center-left, passing through political Islam. It also has the support of the pro-Kurdish HDP party.

The roughly 64 million eligible citizens were also asked to nominate the 600 members of the Turkish Parliament. Mr. Erdogan said his party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), had secured a majority along with its partner, the far-right nationalist MHP.

The parliamentary and presidential elections held on Sunday decide not only who will govern Turkey, a NATO member-state and, at least in theory, a candidate for EU membership, but also how will govern it, the development of the economy as well as its external policy, which was marked by several unexpected turns.

With information from: Euronews, CNN Greece

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