Turkey has held this Sunday the most important elections in the country in recent years. With more than 64 million registered voters, the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is risking the presidency after 20 years in power. The first unofficial results published by the state agency Anadolu Agency, with more than 35% scrutinized, they place the president above 50% and the main opposition candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, with 41% of the vote. In the past, the state agency has been accused of favoring Erdogan. For his part, Anka news agency it gives Erdogan 50% of the votes compared to 44% for his rival with 10% counted.
In these historic elections, a coalition of six opposition parties from very different political traditions have come together to present a single candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. In addition, although the pro-Kurdish formation Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) – the third largest force in Parliament – has not joined the opposition coalition, it has not presented a candidate for the presidency and has asked for a vote for Kılıçdaroğlu, who has been leading for 13 years the CHP (Republican People’s Party), the main opposition party and the formation created by the founder of the homeland, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP has accused Anadolu Agency of manipulation and Kılıçdaroğlu has posted on Twitter that your candidacy is winning. Selahattin Demirtas, former HDP president has also denounced the agency’s count state. “Don’t believe the Anadolu Agency data, remember the 2019 elections,” said the politician, imprisoned since 2016.
If none of the candidates reaches 50% in the presidential elections, a second round will be held on May 28 between the two most voted. In parallel, parliamentary elections are held. The Grand National Assembly is made up of 600 deputies and Erdogan’s AKP currently controls 286, but his alliance with the ultranationalist MHP formation allows him to advance his legislative agenda. Until 2015 he had governed without interruption with an absolute majority, but in recent years he has experienced a clear loss of support. The Economist rates the appointment as the most important elections of 2023 around the world.
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