5/15/2023–|Last Updated: 5/15/202304:06 PM (Makkah Time)
Turkey’s Election Commission has announced that the second round of presidential elections between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, will be held on May 28.
Erdogan won 49.51% of the vote and Kilicdaroğlu 44.88%, according to the head of the Turkish Election Commission, Ahmet Yanar.
Yanar confirmed on Monday that the unofficial results have been declared after all the ballot boxes have been counted and counting of votes cast abroad has been completed.
According to the Chairman of the Election Commission, the participation rate in elections within the country reached 88.92%, while it reached 52.69% outside the country.
Addressing a rally of supporters in front of the Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara on Sunday evening, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said current results have put his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu ahead of the pending presidential election. Notification of Official Results.
Erdoğan said that the counting of votes abroad was continuing and that he was ahead of his rival by two million and 600 thousand votes.
As it became clear that the presidential election was heading to the finals, Erdogan indicated that he would respect the people’s decision, stressing that the People’s Alliance had won the parliamentary elections.
Opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, on the other hand, confirmed that he would win the first round and said he would accept a second round, citing a decline in votes for his Justice and Development Party.
Kilicdaroglu described his opponent, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as “not achieving what he wanted”.
A third candidate
Presidential candidate Sinan Ogun, the candidate of the “Ancestors” coalition, announced the possibility of supporting presidential candidate Kilikdaroglu in the event of a runoff in the presidential election if no concessions are made to the Kurdish side.
Ogun has said in press reports that the fight against terrorism and the return of refugees are his most important negotiating points to support either Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu. The presidential candidate added that the main opposition coalition was unable to convince voters of the possibility of solving Turkey’s problems.
Results of the Turkish parliamentary election, conducted with presidential ballots, indicated that the General Coalition, which includes the Justice and Development Party, the National Movement Party and other parties, advanced 49.37% after 99% of the votes were counted. The opposition People’s Alliance, led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, won 35.12% of the vote.
The Labor and Freedom Alliance was fourth with 10.53% and the Grandparents Alliance with 2.45%.
These elections are the most important in Turkey’s 100-year modern history.
Turks voted in 191,000 ballot boxes in 81 states to elect a new president for a 5-year term and elect 600 members of parliament.
The number of eligible voters is 60,697,843, of which 4,904,672 are voting for the first time.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the candidate of the “General” coalition, wants to win the second and final term after the country’s transition to a presidential system. Party candidate Muharram Ince decided to withdraw from the presidential election last Thursday.
24 political parties and 151 independent candidates are contesting the general election. Some political parties have contested the elections in 5 alliances namely “People’s” Alliance, “People’s” Alliance and “Ancestral” Alliance. “Labor and Freedom” coalition, and “Union of Powers”. Socialism.
Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish Supreme Election Commission has taken various measures to properly conduct elections in 11 states affected by the February 6, 2023 earthquake at pre-designated centers.
Presidential and parliamentary elections will determine who will lead NATO member Turkey of 85 million people, how it will be governed in the coming years and the direction of the economy.
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