Türkiye’s third-place candidate endorses Erdogan in runoff

Leader of the ATA Alliance Sinan Ogan delivers a speech during a press conference in Ankara, Türkiye, on May 22, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

ANKARA – Turkish presidential candidate Sinan Ogan, who won third place by receiving 5.17 percent of the votes in the first round, endorsed incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday for the runoff elections slated for May 28.

"Following our internal consultations, I want to announce that I will support the presidential candidate of the People's Alliance, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the second round. I also call on my electors to endorse Mr. Erdogan," Ogan said at a press conference.

Ogan, a hardline nationalist who pledged to take a tougher stance against terrorism and send all migrants back to their home country, said Erdogan's alliance has the parliamentary majority and Erdogan's continued presidency is essential for maintaining the country's stability.

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Erdogan received 49.52 percent of the votes in the first round on May 14 and will race against Nation Alliance's presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who had secured 44.88 percent of the votes.