Erdogan Clinches Victory in Turkiye’s Runoff Presidential Vote

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Turkiye went to the polls on Sunday for a second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections after no candidate managed to win over fifty percent of the vote in the first round of voting on May 14.

Incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip of the ruling Justice and Development Party has secured victory in Turkiye’s presidential runoff, defeating his Republican People’s Party rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Erdogan, polling as the single candidate for the People’s Alliance, won 53.41 percent of the vote, compared to 46.59 percent of votes cast for Kilicdaroglu, who ran for the opposition Nation Alliance, according to preliminary results from Turkiye’s electoral commission.

Erdogan earlier hailed Sunday’s vote as “the most important choice” Turks would have to make in their lives, citing the election’s role in determining the future course of the country. Kilicdaroglu similarly characterized the election as a choice “between two candidates and two worldviews.”
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Erdogan’s victory can likely be attributed in large part to last week’s decision by first round third place finisher Sinan Ogan to support the incumbent president. Ogan and his nationalist ATA Alliance received over 5 percent in the May 14 vote.

The 69-year-old incumbent president’s victory extends his mandate to the year 2028. He has been a staple of Turkish politics for nearly three decades, serving as mayor of Istanbul from 1994 and 1998, as prime minister between 2003 and 2014, and as president from 2014 onward, winning reelection in 2018.

In addition to policy differences on the economy, terrorism, refugees and illegal immigration, Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu have been seen to hold divergent views on Turkiye’s role in regional and global affairs, with the incumbent pushing for greater independence and integration with non-Western-dominated institutions, while Kilicdaroglu has been seen as more of a traditionalist on issues ranging from NATO and the European Union to Russia.
In the run-up to the election last week, Erdogan emphasized that if he were reelected, he would not fulfill every demand made by the West, particularly as concerns the imposition of sanctions against Russia – which is now Turkiye’s largest trading partner.
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