June 4, 2023

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Clash of personalities between Erdogan and Klikdaroglu, follow the results of the first round of the presidential election

A battle of numbers between the two main candidates

To summarize our recent posts: The war of statistics has begun around the first number of votes for the Turkish presidential election.

With more than 40% of the votes counted, the outgoing president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has more than 50% of the vote. According to the official Anadolu Agency.

After 49.28% of the votes were counted, Anadolu gave 52.12% to the head of state and 42.01% to his main opponent, Kemal Klisadaroglu. A third candidate, Sinan Ogan, a dissident from the nationalist MHP party, will get 5% of the vote.

As a result, he was immediately challenged for the presidency by the candidate of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Klisadaroglu. “We’re in the lead”He said on Twitter.

CHP Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu made the clarification in a speech at the party headquarters in Ankara. “In the Name of Kemal Klisadaroglu”He called on the citizens “Statistics provided by Anatoly should not be taken into account”. “We don’t trust Anatolu”He said, the news agency, according to him, “Under artificial respiration since 2019” And that “Lost all honor”. A reference to power over mainstream Turkish media.

A channel close to CHP Halk TV, based on private news agency Anka, went on air on Sunday evening. numbers Mr. It gave a slight lead to Kılıcetaröğlu (47.25% vs. 46.98% for Mr. Erdogan).

“We will not let our fellow citizens in”Ekrem Imamoglu, who saw his election as Istanbul mayor in 2019 void, made the promise before being smartly confirmed in a vote three months later.

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