Erdogan’s chances of winning have increased
TAYYIP ERDOGAN RECEIVES: ELECTIONS IN 2023, CHANCES OF VICTORY
On May 14, 2023, the first round of the presidential elections took place in Turkey. In it, the current president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, obtained 49.52% of the votes. According to current legislation, a candidate cannot be recognized as a winner if more than 50% of the voters did not vote for him.
In this sense, on May 28, 2023, the second round of the presidential elections will be held for the first time in Turkey. In it, Erdogan’s rival will be Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
One week before the second round, Erdogan’s chances of winning the Turkish presidential election: he has an important ally. The leader of the right-wing ATA Alliance (Ataturkists) Sinan Ogan, who came third in the first round of the elections in Turkey with more than 5% of the vote, called on his voters in the second round to vote for the president in exercise. from the country.
On May 14, 2023, the first round of the presidential elections took place in Turkey. In it, the current president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, obtained 49.52% of the votes.
In the first round, Erdogan’s main rival, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, scored 44.88%. Therefore, even if at least some of Ogan’s voters support Erdogan, this will be enough for him to win.
On the eve of the presidential elections in Turkey, we tell the biography of each of the candidates.
THE FIRST STEPS OF RECEP ERDOGAN’S POLITICS
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was born on February 26, 1954 in Istanbul. He is 69 years old. He studied at Istanbul’s Marmara University Faculty of Economics and Business, graduating in 1981. In his youth, Erdogan was a semi-professional footballer.
He began his political activity in the National Union of Turkish Students. In 1976, he was elected president of the youth branch of the Islamic National Salvation Party in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul and then in Istanbul.
He worked in transport organizations in Istanbul, as a manager in the private sector. After a three-year ban on political parties due to a military coup in 1980, he returned to politics and headed the Istanbul branch of the Welfare Party, created by Necmettin Erbakan, the founder of political Islam, the Prime Minister of Turkey. in 1996. 1997, whom Erdogan considers his teacher in politics.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his wife
MAYOR OF ISTANBUL
In March 1994, Erdogan was elected mayor of Istanbul. He carried out significant changes to the city, including its cleanliness and landscaping. In November 1998, after Erbakan’s resignation, under pressure from the military for violating the secular regime, Erdogan was removed from the post of mayor of Istanbul and then sentenced to 4 months in prison for inciting religious hatred after an audience read a poem with the words: “The minarets are bayonets, the domes are helmets; the mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers”.
PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT
In August 2001, he became one of the founders and leaders of the center-right conservative Justice and Development Party, which won parliamentary elections in November 2002, received almost two-thirds of the parliamentary mandates, and has been ruling in Turkey for more than 20 years.
In March 2003, Erdogan was appointed Prime Minister of Turkey, a position he held until he was elected President of the Republic in August 2014. As head of government, he advocated Turkey’s membership of the EU, thanks to his active position in international diplomacy contributed to its transformation into an important country in the region and in the world. In domestic policy, he sought to attract foreign investors, contributed to the country’s exit from a protracted economic crisis, a significant increase in GDP and the standard of living. He began the transition to a presidential form of government, which was approved in a constitutional referendum in April 2017. The successful result of Erdogan’s referendum was aided by the strengthening of his power after the attempted military coup in July 2016, which ended a failure and led to massive purges in the army, police and civil servants.
On May 28, 2023, the second round of the presidential elections will be held for the first time in Turkey.
In the June 2018 elections, Erdogan was re-elected President of Turkey. During his second presidential term, the growth of the Turkish economy slowed down. He began to interfere in the credit policy of the Central Bank, seeking a constant reduction of the key rate, which caused high inflation and a drop in the standard of living of Turkish citizens.
In July 2020, Erdogan signed a decree to transform Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum to a mosque. Earlier, at his initiative, the ban on wearing hijabs in state institutions was lifted.
Married, has four children.