1684073554 LIVE Presidential election in Turkey Decisive ballot for Erdogan voters

LIVE Presidential election in Turkey: Decisive ballot for Erdogan, voters call for election


Polling stations in Türkiye close without significant incident

Polling stations in Turkey close at 4:00 p.m. French time until the results are available around 8:00 p.m.

According to AFP journalists, no significant incident was noted.


End of Erdogan’s rule after 20 years in power?

Will Türkiye’s strongman surrender? The re-election of Islamic conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been president for nine years but has been in power for 20, is not guaranteed, while the latest polls indicate a very close vote and that more than 5 million young people are voting for him become first time.

Wracked by an economic crisis, Turkey is suffering from inflation that topped 85% in the autumn and was still reeling from last February’s deadly earthquake.


Strong mobilization of citizens this Sunday for a tie vote

Voters at the rendezvous? Long queues have formed outside polling stations across the country this Sunday since it opened this morning.

The duel for the election of the country’s thirteenth president should be exciting. A total of 64 million voters, who also elect their parliament, are registered in almost 200,000 offices in the country of 85 million people.

Voters crowd to vote in the first round of presidential elections in Antakya, Turkey, on May 14, 2023.Voters rush to the first round of the presidential election in Antakya, Turkey, May 14, 2023. © Can EROK / AFP


“We missed democracy”: Main opponent of Erdogan’s votes in Ankara

The main opposition candidate, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, voted in Ankara.

“We missed democracy,” said the Social Democrat with a smile.

“You will see, spring will return to this country, God willing, and it will last forever,” he added, using one of his campaign slogans.

Kemal Kiliçdaroglu votes in Ankara on May 14, 2023 for the first round of Turkey's presidential electionKemal Kiliçdaroglu votes in Ankara for the first round of Turkey’s presidential election, May 14, 2023 © Adem ALTAN / AFP


Erdogan votes in Istanbul and says he wants “a profitable future” for the country and democracy

Outgoing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished “a profitable future” for the country and its democracy after the vote in Istanbul on Sunday.

“It is important that all voters vote without hesitation to show the strength of Turkish democracy,” the leader added, without predicting his victory.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan votes in the first round of presidential elections in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2023Recep Tayyip Erdogan votes during the first round of the presidential election in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2023 © UMIT BEKTAS / AFP


Erdogan vs. Kiliçdaroglu: who are the candidates for the election?

The vote is polarized between two main candidates: on the one hand, the Islamic conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 69, who has been in power for twenty years, on the other hand, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, 74, at the head of a social democrat and secular leader.

The current head of state remains the champion of the conservative majority, while Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, an economist by training and a former senior civil servant, has been the leader of the Republican People’s Party since 2010.

Voters must choose between these two men: one-man rule or collegial leadership, autocracy or the promised restoration of the rule of law.

A third candidate, Sinan Ogan, is credited with some points.


Voters called for elections this Sunday in Turkey

Election day in Turkiye. The deeply divided country must elect its president this Sunday while Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for 20 years.

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