Monday, 29 May 2023 02:48 GMT

Third-Place Candidate Sinan Ogan Endorses Erdogan in Turkish Presidential Runoff


(MENAFN) In a significant development following the Turkish presidential election, Sinan Ogan, who secured the third-place position, has officially declared his endorsement of incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming runoff vote on May 28. The unexpected announcement came after an undisclosed meeting between Ogan and Erdogan in Istanbul last Friday, where no public statements were initially released.

Expressing his support for Erdogan, Ogan stated in a recent statement, "On May 28, 2023, I am affirming that we will throw our weight behind the candidate of the People's Alliance, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the second round." The People's Alliance refers to the electoral coalition between Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Ogan justified his decision by asserting that it is in the best interest of the country and its citizens. One of the key factors he cited for endorsing Erdogan was the President's parliamentary majority, suggesting that this political advantage would enable Erdogan to effectively address the challenges and priorities of the nation.

This endorsement by Sinan Ogan holds considerable significance in the Turkish political landscape. As the third-place candidate, his support could potentially influence the outcome of the runoff vote between Erdogan and his challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Ogan's decision to back Erdogan signifies a consolidation of political forces within the People's Alliance and may contribute to rallying additional support for the incumbent President.

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