Turkey Politics

Turkey Elections: Erdogan Has Many Advantages In The Second Round

The opposition was disappointed in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey.

Erdogan narrowly missed being elected in the first round with 49.5 percent of the vote. Expectations were that Kılıçdaroğlu would finish ahead.

DEVA and Gelecek Party; founded by those who left the AKP, the nationalist IYI Party, the conservative Saadet Party and the Demokrat Party Nation Alliance supported Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. The Kurdish party YSP, the big breakout party of the socialists TIP and other small socialist parties also supported Kılıçdaroğlu.

In the first round, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received 49.5 percent of the votes and finished the race ahead. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who was disappointed, remained at 44.89 percent. Sinan Ogan was the name that took the election to the second round by surprise. Ogan reached 5.17 percent of the vote.

Although the opposition makes hopeful statements as the election is in the second round, there is a great disappointment in its supporters.

Because the People’s Alliance, led by AKP and MHP, won the majority in the parliament.

Erdogan is expected to win comfortably in the second round with the advantage of the majority in the parliament.

In the parliamentary elections, AKP won 267 deputies, alliance partners MHP 50, and YRP 5 deputies. Reaching 322 in the parliament, which has 600 deputies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the majority.

Opposition Lost in Parliament

The main opposition party nominated CHP, DEVA, SP, GP and DP candidates from its own list, but was able to get 169 deputies with 25.33 percent of the votes. The other major party of the Nation Alliance, the IYI Party, remained in 44 deputies.

The Kurdish party HDP entered the elections under the name YSP against the risk of being shut down. HDP received 11.62 percent of the vote in 2018. YSP, on the other hand, received 8.81 percent of the vote, down 2 points. TİP, the party of the socialists allied with the YSP, was able to win only 4 deputies.

What Will Happen in Round 2?

Sinan Ogan, whose main campaign was to send the Syrians back to their country, received more than 5 percent of the votes from the nationalist and conservative sectors. It is not yet clear who Ogan will support in the 2nd round. However, there is an impression that the Nation Alliance might support Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu if it distances itself from the YSP, which is associated with the terrorist organization PKK.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the 2018 presidential election in the first round. There is a bittersweet joy among the AKP crowd as the election has reached the second round. Because Erdogan and Türkiye will witness an election in the second round for the first time.

Here is the New Ballot

There will be no change in the ranking of the ballot papers to be reprinted for the second round of the Presidential Elections. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be first, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will be in second place.

Turkey will go to the polls again on May 28 to elect a new president, as the candidates did not receive an absolute majority in the Presidential Election.

Accordingly, the second vote of the Presidential election will be held on 28 May.

There will be no change in the ranking of the ballot papers to be reprinted for the two candidates.

The ballots for the second round of the Presidential Election have also been announced.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the first place in the compass, and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu took the second place.

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