In a stunning flip of occasions, Sinan Oğan, the candidate who secured the third place in Türkiye’s extremely anticipated presidential race, made a big announcement relating to his stance within the upcoming runoff election, revealing that he will probably be endorsing and supporting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan within the closing spherical of voting, scheduled to happen this Sunday.
Talking to reporters on Monday, Oğan stated: “I declare we are going to assist the candidate of Individuals’s Alliance, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan within the second spherical of the presidential election.”
Calling on his supporters to again Erdoğan within the runoff, he stated: “We had all types of consultations earlier than making the final resolution. We’ve got made this resolution as a result of we imagine that our resolution is the precise resolution for our nation and the nation.”
With the Turkish election witnessing a decent competitors that superior to a second spherical, Oğan’s resolution to throw his assist behind Erdoğan may have a profound affect on the end result. For granted-wing determine throughout the political panorama, Oğan’s endorsement carries weight, doubtlessly swaying the opinions of nationalist voters who had beforehand aligned together with his platform.
Hundreds of thousands of voters went to the polls on Might 14 to elect the nation’s president and members of its 600-seat parliament.
President Erdoğan’s Individuals’s Alliance received a majority within the parliament. Erdoğan will face Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chief of the primary opposition Republican Individuals’s Get together (CHP) and joint candidate for the six-party opposition Nation Alliance, within the runoff vote.
Erdoğan completed the primary spherical with 49.52% of the vote, whereas Kılıçdaroğlu got here second at 44.88% and Oğan of the ATA Alliance, which has now dissolved, received 5.17%.
In the meantime, Ümit Özdağ, head of the Victory Get together (ZP) as soon as endorsed Oğan because the presidential candidate as a part of the ATA Alliance stated Oğan’s assist for Erdoğan displays solely “his political preferences” and that he’ll make a separate announcement scheduled for Tuesday.