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Turkey’s Erdogan prevails in election test of his 20-year rule

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters following early exit poll results for the second round of the presidential election in Istanbul, Turkey, on 28th May, 2023.

Istanbul, TurkeyReuters President Tayyip Erdogan extended his two decades in power in elections on Sunday, winning a mandate to pursue increasingly authoritarian policies which have polarised Turkey and strengthened its position as a regional military power.  His challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called it “the most unfair election in years” but did not dispute the outcome. Turkish […]

Explainer – Turkey election 2023: What’s at stake in the runoff?

People walk next to posters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, ahead of the 28th May presidential runoff vote, in Istanbul, Turkey, on 25th May, 2023.

Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan aims to extend his rule into a third decade in an election on Sunday, with the momentum seen in his favour in the runoff vote after a first round showed him ahead of his challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.  Already buoyed by a parliamentary majority won by his Islamist-rooted AK Party and […]

Turkey faces runoff election with Erdogan leading

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters after he casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, on 14th May, 2023.

Updated: 12:20pm (AEST)Ankara, Turkey Reuters Turkey headed for a runoff vote after President Tayyip Erdogan led over his opposition rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Sunday’s election but fell short of an outright majority to extend his 20-year rule of the NATO-member country.  Neither Erdogan nor Kilicdaroglu cleared the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a […]