Türkiye’s Presidential Runoff Election
Turkish citizens are going to polls this Sunday for the second round of Turkish presidential elections. The race is a contest between the incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Having registered a 5-point lead in the first round, Erdogan approaches this critical phase with robust support while the opposition has been trying to recalibrate their message given the disappointing results in the first round. Election predictions have become more complex as the presidential hopeful Sinan Ogan, who received about 5% of the votes in the first round, endorsed Erdogan, while his supporter the Victory Party declared its support for Kilicdaroglu. How will these new endorsements alter the candidates’ likelihood of success? Were there any notable policy position shifts? What sort of Türkiye can we expect to wake up to next Monday?
The SETA Foundation at Washington DC is pleased to convene a panel of experts to shed light on the Turkish presidential election runoff, discuss the trends since the first round, and evaluate candidates’ chances of success.
Burhanettin Duran, General Coordinator at The SETA Foundation
Kilic Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington DC
Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington DC