Turkish Nationalist Presidential Candidate Ogan Backs Erdogan in Run-off

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shaking hands with former presidential candidate of the ATA Alliance, Sinan Ogan (L) in Istanbul. 19 May 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT

"I will support President Erdogan in the second round and I call on our supporters to vote for People's Alliance's candidate Erdogan," Ogan said on Monday.

Live Blog: Turkish Presidential and Parliamentary Elections 2023

  • More than 64 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote in the polls. They will choose between three presidential candidates and 36 parties in 87 electoral districts.
  • Voters will decide the fate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP as they face a united democratic opposition.

Rights Groups Warn Turkish Govt Control of Internet Threatens Elections

The Twitter logo is seen on a smartphone held beside a Turkish flag. Photo: EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

"The Turkish government has accelerated its efforts to enforce censorship and tighten control over social media and independent online news sites ahead of this election," said Deborah Brown, senior technology researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Turkish Presidency Dismisses Reports of Erdogan’s Heart Attack

A woman shows her child a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, 18 January 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

"We categorically reject such baseless claims regarding President Erdogan's health," Fahrettin Altun, President of the Communications Directorate under the Presidency, wrote on Wednesday night.