Since Erdogan, the president of Turkey, who has been in office for more than 20 years, was unable to defeat his secular opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the first round with the required 50% of the vote, Turkey is preparing for its first-ever presidential runoff election.
Erdogan is a very well-liked leader among Turkish citizens because he guided his country through a transformative period, but because of political unrest following the failed coup attempt in 2016, both foreign allies and Turks had second thoughts and decided to support a party other than Erdogan’s Islamic-based one.
Despite inciting hatred against his rivals and some foreign organizations, he continues to enjoy popularity among his people because of the remarkable growth and development that Turkey has experienced under his leadership.
Following the devastation of the earthquake that struck Turkey in February of this year and claimed more than 50,000 lives, Turkey is also experiencing an economic crisis.
The second round of voting is slated for May 28, 2023.
The election is the most significant and well-publicized of the Ottoman era due to the 90% voter turnout rate and the close attention of international powers.
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