Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Kurdish Politicians Renew Support for Kilicdaroglu in Turkish Run-off

Election posters of Turkish presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People's Party, in Istanbul, 25 May 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

"If there is no change at the ballot box, it will be a disaster in the economy and democracy," Demirtas wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Overseas votes cast for runoff arrive home

The votes cast by Turkish citizens living abroad for the presidential election runoff, slated for May 28 at home, have reached the capital Ankara.

Votes cast at the ballot boxes reinstalled at 167 points in 151 representative offices across 73 countries were brought to Türkiye by "diplomatic couriers" under high security after voting at diplomatic missions ended on May 24.

All 85 million to win if People’s Alliance succeeds on May 28: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the 85 million citizens of Türkiye will benefit from the outcome of the May 28 polls if the People's Alliance wins the presidential election runoff.

"If we win on May 28, each of the 85 million individuals will also win," Erdoğan said in an interview with broadcasters Kanal D and CNN Türk on May 25.

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.