Erdogan Election Victory in Turkey Celebrated Across Balkans

In the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, people gathered around the Sebilj Fountain in the city's old town and waved Turkish flags andf posters of Erdogan and his party. Photo:

In the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, people gathered around the Sebilj Fountain in the city's old town and waved Turkish flags and posters of Erdogan and his party. The group later made a convoy touring the city.

Erdoğan thanks supporters as unofficial results show him leading in runoff

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thanked supporters on May 28 as the vote count has neared end, with unofficial results showing him leading in runoff.

"We will be ruling the country for the coming five years," Erdoğan told his cheering supporters from atop a bus in his home district in Istanbul. "God willing, we will be deserving of your trust."

Erdogan’s winning formula

To the dismay of secular and Westernized segments of Turkish society Erdogan once again proved his popularity. With 49.5 percent of the votes, he came very close to winning in the first round. The next round is scheduled for Sunday and Erdogan is now the clear favorite. It was not supposed to be that way.

Decoding Erdogan: What to expect from a fresh term?

As Turkish voters head back to the polls on Sunday for a crucial presidential runoff election, where they will choose between an incumbent leader with increasingly authoritarian tendencies and an opposition that promises to restore democracy, three analysts delve into the factors contributing to Erdogan's enduring political career.

Turks Get Ready to Decide on Renewing Erdogan’s Mandate

Illustration: BIRN/Igor Vujcic

On May 14, Erdogan's People's Allaince secured a comfortable majority in parliament and Erdogan himself received 49.5 per cent of the total vote in the presidential race.

He now aims to cement his rule for another five years by beating his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the opposition's joint champion, in the seond round.

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.