Elections in Turkey: first in results, President Erdogan will contest re-election in the second round

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting hard to stay in power after 20 years of rule in Turkey. and this is to cost. For the first time, he has to contest his perpetuity in a second round. After prevailing on Sunday with a 49.4% lead over his rival’s 45%, he has promised that he will win a runoff new mandate for another 5 years.

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The second round will have to be played by Kemal Kiliçdaroglu. Both finalists accepted the second round.

“Although the results have not yet been published, we are clearly ahead“, celebrated Erdogan in a speech to fans in the capital Ankara. This Monday, the electoral authorities confirmed that there will be a second round.

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The official, Ahmet Yener, said that even if the remaining 35,874 votes from abroad are tallied, there is no way that one of the two main candidates has the necessary majority to win in the first round.

Sunday night results in Türkiye I am a failure for Erdoganwhich is on the ballot for the first time.

And that is a bad operation for Kiliçdaroglou it has no reserve votes. Now all eyes are on the third candidate, Sinon Ogandissident of the nationalist party MHP, he gets about 5% of the vote.

A night of heart attack

Erdogan's supporters on election night in Ankara.  Photo: EFE

Erdogan’s supporters on election night in Ankara. Photo: EFE

Turkey experienced a night of heart attack this Sunday glued to the progress of the count and the contradictory information that arrived from the various news agencies, which maintained parallel counts, given the slowness of the official scrutiny.

“We still don’t know if the election ended in the first round, but if the people order us to hold a second round we will respect it. The recount of votes from abroad is still ongoing, ”the outgoing president told his supporters at dawn.

Finally, failed to revalidate his mandate in the first round, not exceeding 50% of the required votes. He was very close, yes, receiving 49.4% of the vote and will face next May 28th CHP candidate Kemal Kiliçdaroglu.

Erdogan speaks to the crowd on Sunday evening.  Photo: EFE

Erdogan speaks to the crowd on Sunday evening. Photo: EFE

Kiliçdaroglu won almost 45% of the vote, a record number for him, but was several points short of what the polls expected. Anyway, don’t throw in the towel.

“If our nation requests a runoff, we accept it. And we will win this second round sensationally. The whole world will see it,” the opposition leader said.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu.  Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Rating: the third man

The second round will be held on May 28. All eyes are now on the third candidate, sinan oganwhich got 5% of the vote ahead of a xenophobic platform.

In his latest appearance, he explained that, in the coming days, decide which candidate to supportbut it requires in return a firm commitment to the fight against terrorism Kurdish and Islamist armed groupsand the expulsion of several million refugees Syrians hosted by Türkiye.

Voters were also called upon to designate the 600 members of the unicameral Parliament from Ankara. And here again the pro-government AKP, which has been in power for two decades, leads in this legislative election, with even more advantage.

According to the results of 96% of polls counted, the formation of President Erdogan it would get about 270 seats, against 168 for the CHP, second. A majority that also claimed the Turkish president during his speech on Sunday evening.

The elections will determine whether the country, Member of NATO and strategic geographical positionwill it continue under the strong command of the current president or is it directed a more democratic course promised by opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu.


Source: Clarin

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