Turkey polls: Erdogan falls short of outright win, runoffs on May 28
16 May, 2023 | Srijita Sen
The runoffs which are scheduled for May 28 will be Erdogan's first runoffs in two decades.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will go for a runoff election against his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu as none of the presidential candidates could secure 50% of the total votes. The runoffs which are scheduled for May 28 will be Erdogan’s first runoffs in two decades.
Erdogan is governing Turkey since 2003.
Erdogan secured 49.5% of the votes whereas Kemal secured 44.9%. On the other hand, Nationalist candidate Sinan Ogan secured 5.2 percent of the votes. The official turnout of votes stands at 88.9%.
Turkey’s election officials confirmed the second round reasoning that the remaining uncounted votes would not change the outcome.
After the vote counting on May 14, Erdogan tweeted, “God willing we will have a historic win by increasing our votes from May 14 and emerging victorious on May 28 elections.
Meanwhile, the leader of the main opposition party Kemal said that they will “stand up and take this election together.”
The White House also praised Turkey for holding the elections in a peaceful way. John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesperson said, “We congratulate the Turkish people for expressing their desires at the ballot box in a peaceful way.”
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