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Denys Bédarride
Monday 15 May 2023 Last update on Monday, May 15, 2023 At 2:28 PM

As expected, the long-awaited Turkish presidential election will give rise to a second round. The final results of the first round, which was held on May 14, are therefore known. Even if the gap between the two candidates is 5%, the outgoing Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponent Kemal Kiliçdaroglu have already claimed to be able to win in the second round to decide between them.

The current head of state, who has been in power for 20 years, assured that he could “still serve his country for five years”. This is the first time that Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be forced to appear in the second round. For his part, his rival Kemal Kiliçdaroglu promised his camp that he would “absolutely win in the second round”.

The third candidate, nationalist dissident Sinon Ogan, is credited with around 5% of the vote. How will his voices relate? Surely on Erdogan.

In 2018, President Erdogan won in the first round with 52.5% of the vote.

The date of May 28 for the second round.

The second round should be organized on Sunday May 28, the symbolic anniversary date of the greatest popular protest movement which shook power in 2003.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins the legislative elections.

The 64 million Turkish voters also had to choose the 600 deputies who will sit in Parliament in Ankara. Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the National Alliance led by his party, the AKP, had won the “majority” of the 600 seats. On the other hand, it loses Ankara and Istanbul.

In fact, two Turkeys are facing each other for these elections. The coastal part is more liberal and the center is more conservative. Voters have to choose between two conceptions and way of life. Religious conservative, Sunni, favorable to a more vertical power, to patriarchy and anti-Western on the one hand and consensual and more pro-Western on the other.

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