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Turkey Elections: Far-right Sinan Ogan throws support behind Erdogan

It remains unclear how the far-right politician's endorsement will impact the outcome of the consequential presidential runoff as his electoral partners rejected to toe his line.
Sinan Ogan, Turkish academician and presidential candidate of the ATA (Ataturk) nationalist alliance speaks during an interview with AFP, in his office in Ankara, on May 16, 2023. Turkey's election officials confirmed that there would be a second round because the remaining uncounted votes would not swing the outcome. Erdogan secured 49.5 percent of the vote and Kilicdaroglu picked up 44.9 percent. Nationalist candidate Sinan Ogan -- a former member of a far-right party now allied with the government -- won

ANKARA — Turkey’s defeated far-right presidential candidate Sinan Ogan declared his support for incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Monday with only six days to go until the runoff in the country's presidential elections.

Speaking at a televised press conference, Ogan cited “stability” in making his decision, saying that Kilicdaroglu’s six-party opposition alliance had failed to secure a parliamentary majority. 

“It is important for the country’s stability that the majority of the parliament and the president are from the same alliance,” he said, calling on his supporters to vote for Erdogan in the runoff.

More than 5% of voters supported Ogan during the first round of the presidential polls, in which Erdogan finished with a nearly 5% lead ahead of Kilicdaroglu.

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