Turkey’s former presidential candidate Sinan Ogun has decided his position on the second stage of the Turkish presidential election, asserting his support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against his rival, opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
This came at a press conference held by Ogan on Monday afternoon.
A tweet by Sinan Ogun, a Turkish politician who finished third in the first round of the presidential election, sparked widespread reactions amid politicians’ expectations after finishing third in the first round.
In his tweet, Sinan Ogun, the presidential candidate of the Ancestors Alliance, talked about the “victories” his nationalist movement achieved during the first round of elections, saying, “We have made Turkish nationalism and Kemalism the main agenda of the country, and we have elevated Turkish nationalists to a prominent position in political life.”
Ogun, who broke away from the Nationalist Movement, a party allied with President Erdogan’s camp, won 5.17% of the vote, according to unofficial first-round results on May 14.
Ogun continued, “We put the Turkish national electorate, scattered between two main coalitions (meaning the public and the people), at the forefront of the scene, and they became a heavy number. We contributed to a strong image of the national electorate in Turkey, and this discourse helped expand the national electorate, ” he said.
He explained that they are now more capable than those who won the second round, while the elections led to the second round, adding that his movement has now ensured that the candidates who made it to the second round follow through on their rhetoric.
Observers believe that Ogun’s guidance to voters who voted for him in the first round in favor of one of the candidates in the second round could have a significant impact on determining the identity of Turkey’s next president, while others believe that he did not. To have such influence.
Ogan concluded his tweet by saying, “Stay tuned on Monday” referring to his decision, which is expected to be announced on Monday, where he will express his support for any candidate in the second round and call on his supporters to support him. That candidate.
Ogun’s speech sparked widespread speculation and reaction, particularly in conflicting tweets from Turkish journalists, with Turkish journalist Seban Sevank confirming that he would announce his support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and saying he had contacted President Umit Öztak. Of Jafar’s party – Ogun’s ally in the Ancestral Alliance – personally, you are sure.
However, Fatih Al-Taili, a pro-Republican journalist from Klikdaroglu, had a different opinion, saying, “We talked to Sinan Ogan, we consulted with the two leaders, but we haven’t made a decision yet. We will announce our decision on Monday.”
Even though the closest and biggest journalists who support the opposition suggested that Sinan Ogun should support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as famous journalist Fathi Orange said, “I think that Sinan Ogun’s heart is on Erdogan’s side, even if Sinan Ogun’s heart is not. I think that Erdogan’s mind is on Erdoğan’s side. It’s called future planning in politics, and when you look at him rationally, Being on the leader’s side! That too is not wrong.”
President Erdogan and his main rival, opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, did not get the absolute majority (more than 50% of the vote) needed to win from the first round, so they qualified for a decisive second round on May 28.
In the first round held last Sunday, Erdoğan won 49.51%, Kılıçdaroğlu 44.88%, Sinan Oğan 5.17%, and withdrawn candidate Muharram İns 0.44%, thus winning Erdoğan and Kıgudaılğılğ. Run-off.
After the first round – in an interview with Agence France-Presse – Ogun said he was “open to negotiations” with both candidates, adding that “a decision will be made after negotiations with Erdogan and Kılıçdaroğlu”, and the former deputy continued. , “We can say that we do not currently support either of the two candidates.” .
Ogun is a Turkish nationalist academic, researcher and politician of Azerbaijani origin, a former member of the Turkish National Movement Party and a former Member of Parliament. He is running for the Turkish presidential election in 2023 on behalf of the Grandparents Alliance (ATA), a coalition that includes radical nationalist parties, the most prominent of which is the Jaber Party, which calls for the deportation of refugees from the country.
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