UPDATE 21:40 – The results show that there will be a second round
Al Jazeera’s Abdelazeem Mohammed says that “initial results seem to indicate that we are most likely headed for a second round.”
“The opposition says the ruling alliance has deliberately started counting votes in its districts”he said.
UPDATE 21:30 – Erdogan is still in first place after 70% of the votes counted, reports Anadolu
Early results reported by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still ahead of his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, with 51.03 percent of the votes counted.
Anadolu reported that Erdogan received 52.03% of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu had 42.11%.
The opposition personalities accuse that the state press agency is not reliable and claim that Kilicdaroglu is in charge, transmits CNN.
UPDATE 21:00 – FIRST PARTIAL RESULTS. Erdogan is ahead with half of the votes counted, reports Anadolu.
Early results reported by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still ahead of his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
51.03% of the votes were counted.
Anadolu reported that Erdogan received 52.03% of the vote. Kilicdaroglu has only 42.11% and Ogan has 5.33%, he reports CNN.
UPDATE 19:30 – Voter turnout is 85.14%
As of 4:30 p.m., turnout was 85.14%, according to the Anadolu State Agency.
CHP spokesman Faik Oztrak said his party sees a “positive picture” in the party’s vote results and accused the state-run Anadolu Agency of manipulating the data it receives.
“Anadolu Agency is doing its traditional manipulation for the last time,” he said, adding: “It looks like the turnout will be at a record high.” “We ask our citizens to follow our statements,” he added.
UPDATE 19:00 – 17% of votes counted. Erdogan is still in charge
Unofficial preliminary results show Erdogan leading with 56.67 percent of the vote, compared to Kilicdaroglu’s 37.41 percent.
Anadolu Agency gave the results based on 17% of the votes counted.
UPDATE 18:00 – 9% of the votes have been counted. Erdogan is in first place
Unofficial preliminary results show Erdogan leading with 59.47 percent of the vote, compared to his opponent Kilicdaroglu’s 34.79 percent.
Broadcaster HaberTurk gave the results based on 9.1% of the votes counted.
With many polling stations experiencing long queues of voters, the Istanbul Bar Association reminded those waiting that they will be allowed to vote after 5 p.m.
Although the polls are to close at 17:00, the head of the polling commission should, according to the law, collect the identity documents of those still in the queue and allow them to vote after the deadline.
Anyone who goes to the voting line after 17:00 can no longer vote.
Meanwhile, Erdogan went to Ankara to deliver a message to his supporters.
UPDATE 16:30 – Turkish women want a more democratic future
PHOTO SOURCE – superhaber.com
Irem Derici: “Get up, girl, go vote!”
Seren Serengil: “Our country is the most beautiful country in the world… It is too beautiful and special to be left behind by any other country… It has hosted many civilizations. Its soil is rich and its geography is priceless… We deserve the best and the most beautiful… We are a European country. We have more than many countries, we don’t have a brother. We do not deserve the title of backward developing country. I cast my vote and I want the best for my country”.
Hatice: “Good morning… today I feel different than everyday, like a child. I dressed in white for you, I know you love all colors except navy blue. I also know you admire green. The green poem of Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel, one of your favorite poets, is in my ear and I hope that today, right, law and justice will win. Today, honesty will win, today, democracy will be reborn, today, you will win. We , the people of this country, the people of this country, whose wall you built, we will raise you to greatness where you are. Today is Mother’s Day, what have you said about us women; “O heroic Turkish woman, you are not worthy to be dragged on the ground, you are worthy to rise to the sky”.
“Super proud of my 95 year old grandma who just voted in Turkey”reports a Twitter user, Alex Barker.
Super proud of my 95-year old gran, who just cast her vote in Turkey.
Big thanks to the *five* guys who carried her to the booth. 🇹🇷🗳️ pic.twitter.com/zP9pMFCKtS
— Alex Barker (@alexebarker) May 14, 2023
UPDATE 16:00 – Thousands of people stand in long queues to express their right to vote
People waited in long queues that wound through the cities, he reports Al Jazeera.
In the countryside, thousands of people rush to the polls to vote.
Meanwhile, the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, who is 2.51 meters tall, voted in the town of Derik in Mardin district.
🗳️ Sultan Kösen, titled “The tallest man in the world”, used the game
😱The screen wasn’t enough for its size…#Secim2023 #My choice #agenda #haberhttps://t.co/upo4ebAuDK
— Super Haber (@superhaber) May 14, 2023
UPDATE 15:00 – Voting is underway in the elections in Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing the biggest political challenge of his two-decade rule. His main rival is opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
More than 64 million people are eligible to vote to vote for the president for a five-year term, as well as the preferred party.
Erdogan and Kemal voted, being greeted with applause.
What you need to know
- Approximately 61 million voters from the 87 constituencies in Turkey will go to the polls on Sunday, May 14.
- The polling stations – which are set up in public schools – open at 8:00 a.m. on election day and close at 5:00 p.m. At 21:00 the media can start reporting and unofficial results should start coming in around
- He participates in the elections
- If no presidential candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, on Sunday, May 28, there will be a second round of voting between the two candidates in first place. If this happens, voting abroad will take place between May 20 and 24.
UPDATE 07:00 Erdogan chose, for the last election rally, his hometown, in a concert atmosphere: “Now it is a modern Turkey”
The Turkish president made only one mention about the socio-economic crisis: “I know you are angry, but I also know that you will not sell your country for this.”
Concert atmosphere: many women, men, children, infants, old people. Erdogan chose his hometown, Kasımpaşa, to organize his last election rally. It is a popular, conservative neighborhood, linked to the traditional values of Islam.
The rally is interrupted by various videos appearing on the screens positioned on the sides of the square: they show the successes achieved by Erdoğan in the last twenty years. From infrastructures to the field of medicine, from defense to sports, passing through the education sector. The films show a modern, avant-garde country, in step with the times. The rhetoric is always the same: “I gave you a modern country.” All flying flags of Turkey: red is the predominant color. There are those who stop by to sell flags, t-shirts, hair ties, banners: everywhere the inscription Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stands out.
UPDATE 03:00 – Regarding the parliamentary elections, the polls are favorable to Erdogan’s party
AK Party/ Justice and Development Party or Party of Justice and Development has up to 40% chance to reach the first place and stay in government.
Erdogan could become prime minister again with the vote of the parliamentary majority despite the fact that he has turned Turkey into a presidential republic.
AKP is a national conservative, populist, neo-Ottoman, post-Islamist and Eurosceptic party, with right-wing and far-right factions.
It is part of People’s Alliancean electoral alliance that supports conservatism.
AKP was founded by Erdogan in 2001. Initially, it was a conservative liberal and pro-European party.
CHP/Republican People’s Party or Turkish People’s Republican Party are sub 30%.
is a center-left social-democratic, Kemalist and pro-European party. It is part of Nation Alliance, an electoral alliance that supports parliamentarism.
The CHP was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923, although it had existed as a resistance organization since 1919, during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
UPDATE 02:00 – Most polls are in favor of Kemal
After the distribution of undecideds, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the candidate of the Alliance of Nations, could get 47.6% of the votes.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could get 45%.
The leader of the Fatherland Party, Muharrem İnce, is at 5.1%, while the candidate of the ATA Alliance is at 2.4%, transmits Euronews.
According to Tag, Kemal could get 52%, and Erdogan – 45%.
The Wikipedia poll average ranks Kemal at 50% and Erdogan at 45%.
Original story – Erdoğan hopes to be re-elected despite unfavorable polls
Erdoğan promised that “the 21st century will be Turkey’s”, a grandiose vision after the nationalism and populist rhetoric that allowed him to maintain control of the country.
The opposition, led by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, campaigned on the promise that “spring will return”, advocating a return to parliamentary democracy.
According to Politico, Kemal would get 47.6%, and Erdogan only 45%.
According to The Guardian, Sunday’s vote will determine whether Turkey can return to democratic rule or continue down the road to autocracy.
Erdoğan’s popularity has been damaged by the devastating earthquakes that killed around 60,000 people in Turkey three months ago, but also by the economic and financial crisis that has been exacerbated by them.
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