Erdogan Will Prioritize TV Appearances amid Second Tour

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ANKARA (Sputnik) – Incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will focus on appearing on TV programs and visiting the regions most hit by the February earthquakes in preparation for the presidential run-off, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.

The Turkish leader has already instructed all the bodies of the ruling Justice and Development Party, also known as the AK Party, to be on the ground during this process and “not to relax,” Turkish newspaper reported.

Erdogan’s main competitor, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, also plans to visit the quake-hit zones and participate in various TV programs ahead of the second round of the election, but this time, his speeches will primarily focus on a stronger social program and the fight against terrorism, the report said.

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Turkiye’s opposition believes it has failed to adequately counter “the government propaganda” that depicts it “staying side by side” with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which seeks to establish a Kurdish autonomy in Turkiye and is labeled as terrorist by Ankara, the newspaper reported. The opposition plans to pay special attention to deflecting such accusations in preparation for the run-off.

“Both our chairman [Kilicdaroglu] and we will give a strong signal that we are against all forms of terrorism,” a source in the Republican People’s Party, Turkiye’s main opposition party, was quoted by news outlet as saying.

An election representative prepares the ballots at a polling station at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 14, 2023.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.05.2023

Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu Vote in General Election

After counting 100% of ballots, the Turkish Supreme Election Council announced on Monday that the second round of the presidential vote would take place on May 28, as none of the candidates had reached the 50% threshold. The first round saw Erdogan winning 49.51% of votes and Kilicdaroglu receiving 44.88%.





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