In Turkey, a Presidential Run-Off Bodes Well for Erdogan

May 15, 2023 | 22:13 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to his supporters from a balcony in Ankara, Turkey, on May 15, 2023.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife, waves to his supporters from a balcony in Ankara, Turkey, on May 15, 2023.

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Turkey's general election has resulted in a presidential run-off that will favor incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanks to pro-nationalist sentiment, opposition mistakes and setbacks in the first round, Erdogan's institutional power, and his party's continued control over parliament. Erdogan won 49.5% of the vote in Turkey's May 14 presidential election -- coming out ahead of his main challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), who secured only 44.89% of the vote despite recent polls putting Kilicdaroglu in the lead. The presidential election is the first in Turkey's history where no single candidate won more than 50% of the vote, with ultra-nationalist candidate Sinan Ogan walking away with 5.17%. This means Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu will now advance to an unprecedented second round on May 28. Unlike the presidential election, the outcome of the concurrent parliamentary election was decisive, with the coalition led by Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development...

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