The results of the Turkish presidential elections 2023 | Live update
The Turks are awaiting the final results of the presidential elections that took place on Sunday, with the vote-counting process reaching its last breath, amid expectations that a second round will be resorted to to resolve the presidential race between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in light of Erdogan’s inability to obtain the minimum percentage. To win a new presidential term, despite leading the preliminary results.
Sinan Ogan of the ATA coalition will be excluded from this round, and Muharram Ince, the leader of the “Balad” party, who announced his withdrawal from the presidential elections shortly before the polling date.
It is noteworthy that these elections take place three months after the violent earthquakes that struck the southeast of the country, on February 6, and claimed the lives of more than 50,000 people.
Turkey has witnessed some stability in government during the last 20 years due to the “justice and development”‘s monopoly in obtaining a parliamentary majority and leading the country. With the constitutional amendments and the simultaneous approval of presidential and parliamentary elections, the number of deputies in parliament was raised to 600, while the number of deputies previously before the amendments was 550.
Based on the constitutional amendments, the elected president and the new parliament will extend their respective mandates to five years, unless new constitutional amendments take place in the country, or the parties do not decide on the ruling and Turkey goes to early elections by a decision of the parliament or through the elected president.