Live Blog: Turkish Presidential Run-off 2023

  • More than 60 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote on Sunday in 87 election districts. Turkey's large diaspora of 3.5 million voters already finished voting in diplomatic missions on May 24.
  • Voters ready to decide on renewing another five-year mandate for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been ruling the country for21 years.

Turks Ready to Decide Fate of Strongman Erdogan on May 14

Supporters of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan take a part in a choreography during a 'Unity, Will, Victory' rally at Galatasaray's Nef Stadium in Istanbul, 27 November 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

As President Erdogan finds himself in troubled waters after ruling the country for 21 years, the political atmosphere is tense and both sides predict victory.

Turkish Opposition Candidate Quits Presidential Race at Last Minute

Muharrem Ince, leader of the Homeland Party and former presidential candidate for Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

"I will leave them no excuses. Otherwise, they will put the blame on us [if incumbent President Erdogan's wins]," Ince told a press conference in Ankara in front of his party headquarters.

Turkish Opposition Struggles to Find Champion to Challenge Erdogan

Left to right, Mansur Yavas, Ekrem Imamoglu, Meral Aksener and Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Photo/Illustration: BIRN

However, in a sign of continued divisions, it has been revealed that Meral Aksener, leader of the Good Party, the second biggest in the alliance, opposed the candidacy of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP.

Turkish Opposition Demands Action Over ‘Mafia Boss’s’ Corruption Claims

Sedat Peker. Photo: Sedat Peker's Facebook page.

"If the judiciary cannot fight against crime, corruption and bribery everything will be finished. We are now waiting for an effective and comprehensive investigation [into Peker's claims]," Muharrem Erkek, the vice chair of the Republican People's Party, CHP, said on Monday after his party filed a criminal complaint.