Turkish elections: A nation divided, yet democratic

ln: European Policy Centre

Amanda Paul, Demir Murat Seyrek

After a night of high drama, including long delays in counting and confirming votes, along with distorted narratives, Türkiye’s 14 May presidential elections ended with no outright winner. While the final numbers haven’t been announced, President Erdoğan secured over 49%, while the leader of the opposition bloc, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, obtained approximately 45%. The nationalist opposition candidate Sinan Oğan came in third with 5%, making him a kingmaker in the second round on 28 May. Erdoğan is undeniably the frontrunner for the second round, but the opposition still has a chance to turn the tide.