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Turkey Elections: Ogan’s endorsement boosts Erdogan in Sunday’s runoff

The endorsement from Sinan Ogan, who received more than 5% in first round of vote, bolsters the president’s chances of winning Sunday's poll.
Sinan Ogam and Recep Tayyip Erodgan

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a boost on Monday in hopes of extending his 20-year rule when the eliminated candidate in the presidential race endorsed him in the second round. 

Sinan Ogan, who placed third in the May 14 vote with nearly 5.2% of ballots, encouraged his supporters to back Erdogan for a third term

“I declare that I will support the People’s Alliance candidate, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the second round of the elections,” Ogan told a news conference in Ankara. 

The first round of the presidential race — held alongside a parliamentary election that saw the ruling alliance secure a majority — left Erdogan just short of the 50% threshold to win outright. 

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