Turkey General Elections 2023 gets tantalizingly close

Turkey General Elections 2023 gets tantalizingly as the current President leads against his opponent but falls short of an outright win. The Turkey General Elections 2023 had been predicted to be one of the toughest for the current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as per the exit poll surveys before and after the elections. However, Erdogan emerges as the leader once again as he has done for the last two decades, against the trends predicted by the surveys.

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Turkey General Elections 2023 – President Erdogan prevails

Even though Erdogan defied the trends and emerged as the winner, fighting his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu, he falls agonizingly short of a majority. As a result, the process now moves to a runoff on May 28th between Erdogan and his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the Turkey General Elections 2023.

The current President happened to be facing the most critical elections this time as the country was in the middle of a severe financial crisis in the last three decades. Adding to that was the deadly earthquake in Turkey, that took more than 50,000 lives. The country’s economy and infrastructure were in shambles as a result of the economic upheaval apart from the deadly earthquake that demolished the country’s infrastructure.

Turkey General Elections 2023 – Key Takeaways

The latest news comes from The Election Commission of Turkey has confirmed that the polls would be conducted once again as the currently uncounted votes won’t be able to affect the outcome. President Erdogan has secured 49.5% votes, falling short of a majority by a mere 0.5%. Observers from the Council of Europe said the election was “marked by an unlevel playing field but still competitive”.

President Erdogan has been governing the country as Prime Minister and then as President for the last two decades. In a tweet, Erdogan said the votes for him confirmed the nation’s trust in him. “God willing we will have a historic win by increasing our votes from May 14 and emerging victorious on May 28 elections,” he said. The Indian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharya mentions that the electorate has been very much divided this time, but the charisma of President Erdogan still endures.

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