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Run-off elections in Türkiye: Ogan supports Erdogan

Run-off elections in Türkiye: Ogan supports Erdogan

Sinan Ogan, who was disqualified in Turkey’s presidential election, promised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his support in Sunday’s runoff:
For days, there has been speculation in Türkiye as to who would recommend Ogan. However, observers assumed that most of the right-wing candidate’s voters would switch to Erdogan’s camp.

It is disputed whether Ogan’s general election recommendation had an actual effect on the voter’s decision. Sinan Ogan got 5.17 percent of the vote in the first round.

The incumbent Erdogan and his rival, Kilicdaroglu, will run in the run-off elections next Sunday in Turkey. Since the end of the week, voters in Germany have also been able to cast their ballots.

05/22/2023 | 02:00 min

Shortly before his speech, the ultra-nationalist party coalition for which he was a candidate dissolved. One of the former partners in the coalition described Ogan’s announcement as his “own political preferences”, while another former member of the coalition announced his support for Erdogan’s rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Sunday.

According to the final official result of the presidential elections, Erdogan won 49.52 percent in the first round, as announced by the electoral authority on Friday evening. The numbers deviate only slightly from the provisional final result.

Although Erdoğan received the majority of votes, he failed to achieve the required outright majority of more than 50 percent. He will face his rival Kilicdaroglu again on May 28, who won 44.88 percent of the vote. Muharrem Ince, who was removed before the election, received 0.43 percent of the vote.