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Turkiye people will show strong democracy in upcoming election runoff: President Erdogan

May 19, 2023 at 7:53 pm

Turkish President and Leader of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an election rally, organized by AK Party, in Istanbul, Turkiye on May 12, 2023. [Mustafa Kamacı – Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish President, in an interview, discussed the second round of the presidential election on 28 May, expressing his belief that the Turkish people will, once again, demonstrate their strong democracy, with a significant voter turnout reaching up to 90 per cent, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan also addressed various topics, ranging from the election process to foreign policy during his interview with CNN International.

When asked about his comfort level, given his successful track record in winning elections over the past 20 years and breaking records, Erdogan reiterated his confidence in the Turkish people and their strong democracy, emphasising the importance of the high voter turnout. He expressed hope that the people would not disappoint.

On the reminder of US President, Joe Biden, labelling him as an autocrat during his election campaign, the Turkish President questioned how a person who made it to the second round, not the first, could be considered a dictator.

He stressed that the People’s Alliance would enter Parliament with 322 deputies, and the person leading the alliance (Erdogan) would emerge as the winner of the second round, asking: “What kind of dictatorship is this?”

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When asked if he would work with the Biden administration if re-elected, Erdogan stated that there was no doubt that he would work with President Biden, and that if the Biden administration changes he would work with the new one as well.

In response to a question about the West’s stance towards Russia in the Ukraine conflict, with reference to his previous comments about the West pursuing a more provocative policy, President Erdogan said the West had not demonstrated a balanced approach in this regard.

He argued that a balanced approach toward a country like Russia would have been more appropriate. He emphasised the need for mutual cooperation in the world and highlighted his positive relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggesting that the West should adopt a similar approach.

Erdogan also mentioned the Black Sea Grain Corridor, where Turkiye meets the needs not only of the West but also of African countries, highlighting the extension of grain processes with Russia, thanks to his special relationship with Putin.

Erdogan’s People’s Alliance won a majority in Parliament, while the presidential race is headed to a second round on 28 May.

In the first round held on 14 May, no candidate won an outright majority, although Erdogan was leading.

Erdogan will face Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition CHP and joint candidate for the six-party opposition Nation Alliance, in the runoff vote.​

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