Presidential elections in Turkey: the second round is scheduled

18:22 15 May Kyiv, Ukraine

The Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) of Turkey decided to hold the second round of the presidential elections on May 28, 2023, as the first round did not determine the winner.

This was stated by the head of YSK Ahmet Yener at a briefing. According to him, the turnout in the first round was 88.92%, and abroad - 52.69%.

The results showed that the incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 49.51% of the vote, which is not far from the threshold required for victory (50% + 1 vote). His main opponent Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 44.85%.

The third candidate, Sinan Ogan, received 5.17% of the vote, while Muharrem Ince, who withdrew his candidacy a few days before the election, received less than 1% of the vote.

In accordance with the law, a second round of elections is necessary, since none of the candidates received enough votes to win in the first round.

The second round campaign begins today, and Turkish citizens abroad will be able to vote in their host country between May 20 and 24.