Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdarogluhe addressed the citizens abroad and appealed for their participation in the face of the second electoral round in which they will seek to remove the current president from power, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Whereever they are, in any corner of the world, march to the polls in line of national duty”, he urged them in a video posted on his Twitter account and remarked that it is about a “fight for democracy”.
“You already saw what happened after the previous referendum. This is the last exit for our country. Go to the polls (…), vote for your homeland. I wholeheartedly believe that you will support this fight for democracy”, he added.
Thus, the opponent referred to the popular consultation on constitutional reform in 2018 in which Erdogan seized the presidential powers that give him powers -including in the judicial sphere- and that have allowed him to rule one person.
On the other hand, Kiliçdaroglu took the opportunity to garner undecided votes and promised incentives for migrants, ranging from tax breaks to full public services during your time in the country.
The video was disseminated at the same time that, in 167 points distributed in 73 countries Voting from around the world was enabled from this Saturday, reported the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK).
Although the elections in Ankara are scheduled for May 28the second round abroad takes place a few days before and will conclude the May 24 -with the exception of those on the border, which will remain open until May 28.
are more than 3.4 million Turkish voters registered to vote outside the country, of whom one 52.6% actively participated in the first round of May 14.
The data provided by the diplomatic delegations stated that erdoğan achieved a advantage considerably higher in this sector since it took the 57.5% of the tickets in front of the 39.7% of his opponent.
This contributed to the final result that exposed, in turn, a surprising performance of the president in Turkey itself: he obtained 49.24% of the votes compared to 45.07% for Kiliçdaroglu. This backing from society was unexpected as it was expected that the inflation which is close to 130 percent, the increase in the poverty and the negligence in the face of earthquakes and natural disasters, support for the opposition will increase.
According to experts, these numbers, which left him just 0.50% away from winning an election in the first round, can be attributed to two phenomena. On the one hand, on one “small but systematic fraud” -mainly in the Kurdish regions of the country- and, on the other, to a “bad candidate” of the opposition.
Anyway, from the Republican People’s Party They understood this fact as a historic achievement with hardly a bittersweet taste as it meant his best performance in the two decades of Erdogan’s rule, in which he had never lost a national vote, and which forced him to compete in a second round.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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